Moments in a life

Captured in ink

Injected under the skin


A tapestry of events

Or wishful loves

Reposed in still flesh


In infinite shades

And primary hues

Time is marked permanent


A badge symbolic

If only to ourselves

Of where we have been


The canvas we own

Painted by artisan’s hand

That cannot be bought or sold


This, more than our image

Speaks of who we are

And the road we have taken


Modern hieroglyphs

Whenst mute the tongue

Still speak of the dead


There upon my flesh

Branded by cause

I color my past


20 Responses to “Tattoo”
  1. beth says:

    It’s all there to see, a self portrait if their ever was one

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    A great poem Brad, loved the imagery and although not a big fan of tattoos I do have one or two that I got back in the Army. I’m not too crazy about them nowadays, they’ve become too commonplace but, there are people for everything. Great work my friend and enjoy the holiday weekend (oops, sorry, the holiday weekend is here in Spain I don’t know if you’ve a holiday this weekend or not). In any event, all the best,

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, my dear friend! Our holidays are not till the end of the month, but the festive holiday spirit is already upon us. I hope you enjoy your holidays. I appreciate your support and friendship as the treasured gifts they are! Stay safe and well!

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

        As I do yours Brad, for certain. All the best to you and you too, stay safe and well.

  3. Good morning Brad, the symbolism in this poem is gorgeous. Our feelings under the skin, our past colored. Excellent piece. Have a beautiful Saturday. For you ❤️🌹

  4. Jim Borden says:

    Great pome, Brad! Reminds me I have a joke I heard while ago.

    ‘People ask me why I don’t have any tattoos. I tell them you don’t put a bumper sticker on a Ferrari.’

    By the way love the word, whenst.

  5. DC Gilbert says:

    Most appropriate for this weekend! LOL!

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    I love every line and when I was especially little and my father had the men from his group over I always looked to see what if any tattoos they had. I was fascinated by them. I think often in the military it is a badge of honor but most important often of a brotherhood. Lovely my friend. Take care of yourself Brad. Love ya 🤗💕❤️Jonikins

  7. the description of a tattoo on the skin is so beautifully described brad. 👌

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