Sunday, September 24, 2017

When I Left You

When I left you,
I left you
the tattoo on my left arm
that I let you give me
that 4th of July.

I left you the heart
with the butterfly wings,
but I kept the red rose
that climbs
up my thigh.

For Poetry Pantry at Poets United

19 comments:

brudberg said...

Love this... though I never had a tattoo, I can understand how it would feel like a brand when it's over.

marley raine said...

Whew, mama. This is sexy! I love your fire that will not die --- even if you have to cut off your arms, cut out your heart, toss 'em over your head as you walk away ... Gotta keep those getaway thighs.

Sherry Marr said...

So sad, leaving the heart with butterfly wings. Love the red rose climbing up the thigh.........

Namy said...

When it's over, you leave with what you have... red rose climbing up the thigh:nice

John Buchanan said...

I loved this, I've had so many friends make similar choices... one of the reasons I never got a tattoo.

scotthastiepoet said...

Strong spirit in evidence here - Good for you and you have your usual creative punch Mama Zen!

indybev said...

Nothing worse than a daily reminder of a lover long gone! They should make erasable tattoos! Well written.

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

How much sadder when love is lost, and then to be reminded daily by a tattoo...I like Bev's idea of erasable tattoos.....wonderful poem!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is incredibly sweet and sensuous!

Bekkie Sanchez said...

I never had or wanted a tattoo but can imagine what a bummer it would be to have an unwanted one like that. One with deep memories for a deep wound I guess.

Mary said...

Ah, I always wondered about those tattoos people have which name former loves!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Yes indeed, when it ends we give back some things, cling secretly to others. So beautifully evocative! And you have made succinct an art form.

Sioux Roslawski said...

MZ--That image of the rose... what a way to end the poem.

J. T said...

Those are beautiful tattoos you've mentioned. I love the images your poem brings to my mind. Well done!

Anonymous said...

Reminders of what was; especially the rose.

R.K. Garon said...

Aw c'mon let me see :)
Another very clear picture.
ZQ

Grant said...

Beautiful... touching on many levels.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Always good to keep something for yourself.

angieinspired said...

mmm hmmm. yes.