Forever doesn’t last

as long as it used to.

Now we have lawyers

and lasers

to dispense with

such annoyances

as longevity

and love.

But this ink is permanent.

This stain is eternal.

I bear on my body

all the color of my hope

all the evidence of my fear.

I will write you on my arms

and remember. I will

keep you within my skin

until together

we wither

and fade.

04.08 | unpublished