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1479: Hope | Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

Sometimes when I'm lonely,
Don't know why,
Keep thinkin' I won't be lonely,
By and by.

On this day in...
2011: "In A Strange City" by Adam Zagajewski
2010: "Letter" by Leonard Cohen
2009: Weekend, no poem
2008: Weekend, no poem

If you were to get a literary/poetry tattoo, what would it be and why?

Sweetheart, put down your flamethrower./You know I always loved you.


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Jun. 15th, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)
"every word has a consequence... language, when used right, hurts"

I have the design, I'm getting it at the end of the month.
Jun. 19th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
That is a beautiful excerpt and an interesting choice for a tattoo. What kind of design are you getting? I have all sorts of ideas for what I want, but then to figure out the design seems incredibly difficult.
Jun. 19th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
Jun. 26th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
It looks like it will be gorgeous.
Jun. 15th, 2012 07:24 am (UTC)
I already have one!</p>

"There's that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should have been paying attention."

-Invisible Monsters

Jun. 19th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
That is a great line. What kind of design do you have with it?
Jun. 19th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
It's just really simple text. Didn't want to distract from the meaning.
Jun. 15th, 2012 07:44 am (UTC)
"From what we cannot hold the stars are made"

Because it's true. And a comfort.
Jun. 19th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
Yes. And thank you.
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Jun. 19th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
The Rumi one is the one I was thinking of getting actually, but all of them are fantastic.
Jun. 15th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
There's a section of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself that I adore:

I exist as I am, that is enough,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.

If I had it tattooed I think I'd only get the first line done, but the sentiment is what I'd carry with me. Sometimes I need the reminder that I don't have to be anyone but myself, that I am enough.
Jun. 19th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
I still haven't read Song of Myself in its entirety. Perhaps that's something I should look into. Anyhow, I like the excerpt and get what you mean about carrying the whole sentiment.
Jun. 15th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
Probably this bit from Rilke -

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going.

Jun. 27th, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)
I adore those lines. Do you know where they're from?
Jun. 27th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
It's from a poem in Rilke's Book of Hours - you can read the full poem here. One of my favorites. :)
Jun. 16th, 2012 06:36 am (UTC)
i am going to get poetry tattoos. :D

"Who are you really, wanderer?--"
"Maybe I'm a king."

from "A Story That Could Be True," by William Stafford


Do not be any thing. Be the light we see by.
from "Not the Moon," by Margaret Atwood

and kurt vonnegut's drawing of an empty birdcage.

Edited at 2012-06-16 06:36 am (UTC)
Jun. 27th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
That is awesome. I want one badly, but I don't know if it will happen any time soon.

The Stafford lines are wonderful, and I really like the Atwood one, but I am not such a fan of the poem itself even though that last line is so so perfect. Also, I had never seen the birdcage drawing, but I think it would be striking as a tattoo.
Jun. 18th, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
"Though much is taken, much abides" or

"To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

or "From what we cannot hold the stars are made"

I've Been Flip Flopping.
Jun. 27th, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
Oh, hello! So the first two are Tennyson apparently, and the last is from "Youth" by W.S. Merwin. It's a gorgeous line, but what does it mean? I think I'm just not understanding it, so enlightenment would be helpful.
Jun. 30th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
I think of it as a take on the fact that things that are distant and ultimately intangible are still present for us. The stars are balls of gas that we could not hold if they were in the room with us.
Kind of like a hands off version of
Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.

Jun. 19th, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)
"your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding"
-khalil gibran

"so it goes"
-kurt vonnegut

"I have been here and I have seen.
I have stayed and I have left.
I confess that I have lived my life."
-Fadhil Al-Azzawi

"May my dead be patient with the way my memories fade"
-Wislawa Szymborska
Jul. 2nd, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
I've seen many of those "so it goes" tattoos -- it seems to be a very popular literary phrase/tattoo. I haven't read Slaughterhouse Five yet, but I should.
Jun. 27th, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
what we feel most has no name but
amber, archers, cinnamon, horses, and birds.
(from "The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart", by Jack Gilbert)

on my right inner forearm, in this script: www(DOT)dafont(DOT)com/dawning-of-a-new-day.font?text=what+we+feel+most+has+no+name+but+amber%2C+archers%2C+cinnamon%2C+horses%2C+and+birds (Dawning of a New Day, it's called).


for awhile, I really contemplated "the horses / running until they forget that they are horses" from Siken's "Scheherazade", in the script called Jane Austen, across my back.or "these, our bodies, possessed by light". then again, I also contemplated so many other lines from "The Forgotten Dialect", like "shiploads of thuya are what my body wants to say to your body". I'm still almost tempted, haha.

for awhile I had this desire to cover my body in quotes. I have the words "per sempre" on my inner right bicep area, and I toyed with the idea of have only literary tattoos, or mostly literary tattoos. how interesting would that be? you can read someone's heart and thoughts and loves on their skin. I think it would be incredible, but I'm not sure how it would look.
Jun. 27th, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
(sorry for posting more than once, I was trying to make my comment not-spam!)
Jul. 1st, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
That would be incredible. Also, I like those fonts.
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