Forget Me Not

The elegant woman on my forearm
A tattoo I will never regret

The empress of permanence
& mystery_____silhouette
A grayscale smile that’ll never fade
even if I grew up never

seeing her face/(or knowing her name)

yet there’s something entrancing
about an ancestor’s connection
how to: fathom what cannot be broken?

I bonded myself to a ghost unspoken
Thieving her eye color from the ocean



Authors Note: In 1944 my great grandmother was hospitalized with tuberculosis, and died. My grandfather was too young to remember the color of her eyes, only her long jet black hair.

9 thoughts on “Forget Me Not

  1. Damn… This is so sad!! My maternal uncle passed away a few years ago, my little cousin wasn’t even 2. She has no idea what it’s like to have a father. 💔💔💔


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