exterior wall of tattoo parlor with depiction of a heart tattoo

my tattooed heart by Allie Marini

is etched

a thousand times over

miles marked in symbols &

sleeved on my skin

beneath the scar tissue,

& India ink, everything is

ruined down here.

Allie Marini is a cross-genre Southern writer. In addition to her work on the page, Allie was a 2017 Oakland Poetry Slam team member & writes poetry, fiction, essays, performing in the Bay Area, where as a native Floridian, she is always cold. Find her online: www.alliemarini.com or @kiddeternity

Lead image“Tattoo Parlor” (via Flickr user Joseph Vasquez)

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