Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer Sonnet 29: Brand Name Stitched Into His Arm

He identifies with his disease
the badge stitched into his arm reads POZ.
Is this courageous note to appease
or a part of some new government laws?

Suppose I ink'ed my own affliction
on to my stomach. Instead of THUG LIFE,
my tattoo would read "WRIT CONTRADICTION'
with subtitle letter: "FILLED W/ RIFE."

But no one gets marked for their neurosis
New Yorkers would be first to bear witness
to splatter their therapists' diagnosis
down their soft belly like a grocery list.

Maybe this trends to keep our sanity,
but it has inklings more like vanity.

- By Aurin Squire

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