tattoo on my soul

the name you gave me
is a tattoo on my soul.

and i know you went to the studio,
thumbed through the book,
debated and discussed,
argued amongst yourselves:
torn between
the unicorn with the rose
and the steampunk mermaid.

i know this tattoo on my soul
honors a beloved aunt that died
before i was born
or a cultural heritage that means
so so much to you
or a new beginning after years of strife.

i know you think it was a gift,
all this thought,
all this reflection,
to give me the perfect name.

and i appreciate that gift.

but tattoos are things we give ourselves
and mine just doesn’t fit.

Clio 01/13/21

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