31 March 2014

Magpie Tale 213: His Other Life

Image via Magpie Tales

Shaking hand opened the drawer
Wormy chestnut, waxy blackened 
angsty scrawls of sun-faded youth 
Burden of years constricts the heart
that sees the tarot of inks it never wore 
Never will, not in this life, nevermore,
Change has come, blood spilled
in a different river from passion's run


  1. hmmm, so...He was a kid that wanted to be a tattoo artist but found adulthood not conducive to that passion?

    1. I felt it more as metaphor for paths not taken, things not done, due to fear of the unknown.

  2. That shaking hand makes me nervous with the razor...

  3. Those first three lines really reeled me in!


"Let your laws come undone
Don't suffer your crimes
Let the love in your heart take control..."

-'The Hair Song', by Black Mountain

Tell me what is in your heart...