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Below is the poem entitled Tattoo which was written by poet Kyle Carlson. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I wrote it on my arm
With a Bic pen
Ballpoint, black ink
I've been doing it since I was ten
The black letters, bold
Emphatically overlapped again and again
I write the words
To express my idiosyncrasies from within
It's the oil for my skin
Because I'm constructed of tin
Sometimes it feels like a pin 
Penetrating holes in me that I only see when my vision starts to spin
That's the kind of state I'm in
My poor mama and papa think it's a sin
Because with every stroke it feels like a piece of my soul is tossed straight into the bin
But I still wrote it on my arm with a grin

Copyright © Kyle Carlson

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  1. Date: 4/27/2011 6:49:00 PM
    That is mighty early for life to begin... I think I inflicted my art at 11 yrs old.. well has not stop yet.. enjoyed your poem... very interesting... take care... Linda

  1. Date: 4/27/2011 6:27:00 PM
    Such a loving memory most people have. I enjoy reading your work -Leigh Anne