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Tattoos on the body
Stains on the soul
Meaningful ink
Splatters as told

Black squiggles and squabbles
Cursive words on a scar
Defining oneself
Heroine rush of char

Tattoos on the body
Design me if you may
Dye me with your judgement
Let me scrape the hues away

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Heather D'Aoust

Heather D’Aoust is a writer incarcerated in California. She also publishes under the name Jeff-Free and uses the pronouns they/them.