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Phyllis Wax

on shins and calves
circling the neck
on biceps and triceps
at the base of the spine
spanning the back
top of the thigh
bisecting shoulder blades            
above the ankle bone
on the cheek just under the eye
tall or short
muscled or not
thin or fat
all have tats
private whispers
flamboyant drama
audacious messages    
disguised as art
lasting proof              
of ephemeral youth
© by Phyllis Wax.
Used with the author’s permission.        

Phyllis Wax writes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.  A lover of warm weather, she watches the snow come and go, waiting and hoping for spring. From the window in front of her desk, she observes an abundance of migrating birds, several generations of turkeys, and the occasional fox, deer, and raccoon. Some of those make their way into her poetry. Phyllis has read her poems on the radio, in coffee shops, in libraries and bars, and her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.


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what a great work of poetry! love it!
Posted 02/16/2015 11:18 PM
What a good poem, Phyllis. And a subject that is seldom written about. I really enjoyed your fine writing.
Posted 01/09/2014 09:41 AM
Who could have predicted that those of us without tattoos would one day be in the minority and looked at askance?
Posted 01/09/2014 09:36 AM
Wonderful to start the day with a hearty laugh! Loved those last two lines. Thanks, Phyllis.
Posted 01/09/2014 06:08 AM

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