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They came to me with lit­tle sense
believ­ing in love’s per­ma­nence
and trust­ing my ungainly art
to brand them with a name or heart.
How many thou­sands later rued
the images that I tatooed?
My guess is far more than a few.
Love fades. Unlike a good tat­too.

(orig­i­nally pub­lished in Lighten Up Online, Issue 20: Decem­ber 2012)