The Eleventh Tattoo Celebrates Four Months of Sobriety

I became proud that I was gay when the upside down triangle painted like a rainbow on my right ankle told me so. A bird flies along my foot with an Om symbol on her back, and my stomach has memorized the moon cycle as it shifts around the sun. A woman sign is embedded on her forehead. An owl whispers words of wisdom from my left shoulder, as my dog nestles on top of a banner bearing her name on my left calf. I have a tree firmly rooted in my left wrist, and a leaf changing colors has fallen on my neck. I am a human thing, so says the inside of my right wrist. My left hand knows resilience, while my right hand experiences serenity. And my chest is always there to remind me I’m still alive.


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