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Kevin GrahamKevin Graham’s poems have appeared most recently in The Irish Independent, Poetry Salzburg Review, Interpreter’s House, Orbis, Shadowtrain and others. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2012.

 


 

 

 

 

Tattoo

 

for Michael O’Sullivan

 

Neonate, we are born dusky blue, clean-skinned

except for birthmarks, Mongolian spots, other abnormalities.

We cover up universal flesh-and-bone frailties,

adapt to light, open, heal. Do you still find

 

after a long bath the tiny ridges on your fingerprints shrivel?

I want to comprehend the urge to print crap ink

on the perfect nimbus of your vellum. What’s that symbol,

amulet stitched along your limb? Tell me: did you think

 

of falling snow as the bevel floated in the parlour air?

Did you crush your eyes before it sunk into your flesh,

making itself permanent? I want to know how you start

 

to mark perfection. I see you wear a heart

on your intricate sleeve. Why? I imagine the layers

peeling back, the opening of the mesh.

 

©2013 Kevin Graham

 

 

Author Links

 

Kevin Graham poems in the Galway Literary Review

Poem by Graham in Ink, Sweat and Tears

Poem by Graham in Abriged

 

 

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