Tattoo Explanation

I wore her around my neck

for years trying to figure out

whether I was her

or if I was the snake in her hands

trying to grow back as I was

pulled apart.


I first saw her on the side of 

the temple wall

no two apsara alike

it was sunset

there were shadows

and I knew she’d do fine

balancing the dance on 

my other arm

I got her when I came to

when I got my body back

when I quit playing host and milk


The time has come for the third

it would be to commemorate 

like the others

a change in time

queen anne’s lace

an imprint of you on me

something that keeps growing

something ancient

something that could kill

if not taken just the right way

that sounds so much like us


About Margaret Elysia Garcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of short story ebook collection Sad Girls and Other Stories, and the audiobook Mary of the Chance Encounters, and the co-founder and lead playwright of Las Pachucas, theatrical troupe. She teaches creative writing and theatre in a California state prison.
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