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 margaretelysiagarcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia primarily writes fiction, essays and poetry from a remote corner of the Sierra Nevada. She's currently working on a non-fiction book about plus-sized modeling. She's also searching for a publisher for her new collection of stories? Mary of the Chance Encounters. Her short story collection Sad Girls & Other Stories out now on Solstice Literary Press. She blogs here and at Throwing Chanclas and Girl Body Pride. Is a contributor to Hip Mama Magazine. She writes the zine The Adventures of Sad Girl with her daughter, Paloma. She’s a three-time director of the national Listen to Your Mother Show in Plumas County ( She has an alternative women’s music show Milkshake & Honey on Plumas Community Radio (
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