Tattooed girls make lousy lovers
he says
but maybe all their lovers have been lousy.

Maybe the tattoos on their arms
cover
the scars on their hearts.

Maybe the pain of the tattoo pen
covers
the pain from where the knives went in.

Maybe they’ve been wounded before
and can remember
the pain they were opening their veins for.

Maybe the walls around their hearts
are as new and permanent as their body art.

 

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