Tattoos & Poetry equal Relationship
Tattoos are permanent symbols on the body that last forever, just as poetry is a permanent symbol of true feelings of love but on paper. Tattoos and poetry can both be compared to love in a relationship just like Kim’s Addonizio’s “First Poem for You” by the use of symbolic words. Water and lightening are two words that have a symbolic meaning for the poem. “Lines of lightening pulsing just above your nipple, can find, as if by instinct, the blue swirls of water on your shoulder where a serpent twists, facing a dragon” (Kennedy, 601). Though symbols can have more than one meaning to them, the poem helps to point out the specific meaning behind the relationship.
The girlfriend, of the guy with the tattoos, enjoys touching the tattoos when she is unable to see the guy. She knows by heart just where the lightening is pulsing. In this case, the lightening symbolizes power of love that has a pulse, just like a person’s heartbeat; a beat that can go faster or slower depending on the situation. It is instinctive for the woman to know where every tattoo on the guy, just like in a relationship, a person may know every mark or scar on the other’s body. The woman knows that just above his shoulder are the blue swirls of water, where the water is symbolizing that the boyfriend may be pure at heart. The serpent facing the dragon symbolizes the warrior in him, and it also shows he has no fear against his enemies. “When I pull you to me, until we’re spent and quiet on the sheets, I love to kiss the pictures in your skin” (Kennedy, 601), means that she pulls him closer to her while they’re laying down and falling asleep, she expresses her love and care for him until there’s no more time left in the night, until it’s all spent. To kiss the pictures in his skin simply means kissing his tattoos. “They’ll last until you’re seared to ashes; whatever persists or turns to pain between us, they will still be there” (Kennedy, 601), whatever...
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