Suggestions for Skin
Do not tattoo your ignored skin
That you must contort to read
Or consort with the ever-lying mirror.
Tattoo the tiles of your shower.
Clean the grout and your spine
And read the lines of philosophers
Who stuttered your feet with fresh thought.
Streaks of soap scum may erase an 'E'
But a shower is more lasting
Than a human or a dog in a bath.
The words, the ink, will imprint the steam
And your day as you shave the stubble
From your last attempt...