A long time coming

It has been a long time coming. This tattoo. Trying first to get one at 18, I chickened out. But then, turning forty, something changed and this happened. Thank you to Mara at Neither Snow for the gorgeous design. Thank you to Nick Vargus at F/U Tattoo for the excellent job.

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done

by only me is your doing,my darling)

i fear

no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want

no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you


here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart


i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)


                                                                 e.e. cummings