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Taboo Tattoo

Was that mark on my skin there yesterday?
There is no way for me to remember
A tattoo my shoulder did once display
Seemed to have disappeared last December

Now a red blemish is atop my hand
It resembles an octopus with wings
In bizarre motions it flaps when I stand
Fear to my heart this gruesome creature brings

But the octopus does not fly alone
There are centipedes, spiders and the like
Each day these ugly markings seem to clone
Apparently I’m no longer a tyke

If you need a tattoo, I’ve some to spare
More vivid they are as I lose my hair

*Written September 14, 2016 for Sara’s contest

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 9/27/2016 10:25:00 AM

    Love this poem Carolyn. Your talent shines through every word. A Fav.
  1. Date: 9/26/2016 12:47:00 PM

    Thanks for posting this gem. I dropped by to re-read your pleasant poem........A.M.
  1. Date: 9/23/2016 8:07:00 PM

    OH MY, that sounds pretty gruesome, Carolyn!! You painted a scary look at the side of growing older! I see it's a winner too, so big congrats to you. WEll done.
  1. Date: 9/23/2016 4:30:00 PM

    Had me chuckling with this piece. Hope all is well and you have everything back in place after the flooding. love phyl
  1. Date: 9/23/2016 2:59:00 PM

    Congrats on your winning work..Thank you for participating in my contest..I got a chuckle about that octopus..Sara
  1. Date: 9/23/2016 12:30:00 PM

    A pleasant and entertaining sonnet which gave me a big smile, Carolyn. I often joke that I'll get me a tattoo on my 70th birthday:) Hugs // paul
  1. Date: 9/22/2016 7:19:00 PM

    This will all end when we can finally download our minds into artificial bodies -- although, I'm a little concerned about souls.... Congrats! ;-)
  1. Date: 9/17/2016 5:48:00 PM

    I think I'll let you keep them thar ones...
  1. Date: 9/17/2016 3:23:00 PM

    LOL, had a good chuckle at this - a sure winner xx
  1. Date: 9/16/2016 1:12:00 PM

    I'll pass on the tattoos, Carolyn, though they are currently a rage! A fun and informal write on aging; an authentically creative piece for this contest! Bonne chance!! Best wishes, love, Mikki :)
  1. Date: 9/16/2016 11:56:00 AM

    Carolyn with tatoos? I would never have guessed it. And such wild tatoos they are! Your sense of humor is still there and I am thankful. Love, Dave
  1. Date: 9/15/2016 9:50:00 PM

    Ha ha, I think you have done very well! If only tattoos could survive the onslaught of aging bodies.
  1. Date: 9/15/2016 8:17:00 PM

    A little wake up call for those considering getting a tatto Carolyn. So nice to read some of your poetry again. I hope you are well? Blessings, Connie ; )
  1. Date: 9/15/2016 3:11:00 PM

    Lovely poem, .especially with all these tattoos these days. Good luck with the contest.
  1. Date: 9/15/2016 12:22:00 PM

    Great poem, as a sonnet even more challenging for the writer. A 7 plus!
  1. Date: 9/15/2016 11:28:00 AM

    Wow! I enjoy reading this piece of yours. Great penned..........A.M.
  1. Date: 9/15/2016 8:08:00 AM

    Look who's here!! Our lovely Carolyn!! So happy of seeing you, dear friend. I hope everything is fine with you, always in my thoughts and my prayers. Sending a big hug your way.
  1. Date: 9/14/2016 10:43:00 PM

    Fun write Carolyn, I will have to look up her contest. good luck. Love, joyce
  1. Date: 9/14/2016 8:08:00 PM

    What an enjoyable read, I don't have one yet, lol, x
  1. Date: 9/14/2016 3:22:00 PM

    I am not a tattoo fan so this made me smile as i love the humour in your lines:-) good luck in the contest:-) hugs Jan xx