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A New Kind of Beauty

cancer survivors banned torso tattoo

I dreamed a dream

I looked at my body in the mirror

Raised arms, I looked—turned

Alarmed eyes on my transforming torso

The stretch marks crawled across my skin

Ran up and around every inch

Horror. I had been stretched too far.

I stared and they ran—widened, lengthened

Wrapping around my body

Curling like a hula dancer’s hands

Ink in water, swirling patterns

Vines, petals, kanji, fractals

Panic and pain dissolving, transfiguring

Tattooing innocent skin with wisdom.


A new kind of beauty.


Photo: found this image just before publishing–choked me up