Treasure Island

Bri Edwards


Tattoo (Mine) ....... [personal tattoo; end-of-life decision)


I suppose it’s been around for thousands of years:
‘inking’ pictures, designs, or words on skin...... from ankles to ears.
Hearts, and skulls, tigers, and snakes,
“MOM”, and swastikas........for goodness sakes!
Many are prominently placed and are often seen,
while others, noticed less often, are placed in places ‘obscene’.

Mine says NO CPR and lies beneath hair on my chest.
Someday it may help me to be quietly put to rest.
CPR: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
I guess it has its place in this age and nation,
but not for me.....I hope. I’ve lived long and well.
I’m ready to go, perhaps to Heaven, ....perhaps to Hell.

Encircling NO CPR are words over which Death can drool:
“Donate body to nearest medical school.”

A ‘med’ school is not near now, ......
but to an incinerator I’ll go, I vow.
I hope doctors honor my sincere-tattoo request,
and let my body slip into a long, sweet, and contented rest.

(September 28,2013)

Submitted: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Edited: Thursday, October 03, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

i got the tattoo (between wives; temporarily sans woman) about 15 years ago. ouchy! i liked it then and i still like it; i mean what it says.

the O in NO is a smile face.

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  • John Westlake (9/1/2014 7:08:00 PM)

    Tattoos. I have never wanted one myself, I don't think that one even suit me. Unless I get my footballing nickname and number on my back. At least I would not have to wear a shirt in summer! ! As for obscene tattoos and places to put them I know about those. Not worth the pain in my opinion (Report) Reply

  • Monk E. Biz (7/12/2014 9:56:00 AM)

    Very nice
    the thought
    of body
    on ice
    before the flames
    of Satan consume
    you well
    in Hell
    oh well
    so much
    for the
    ink well
    hurry tell them.
    before the smell (Report) Reply

  • Susan Lacovara (11/7/2013 10:04:00 AM)

    Although, I too, wish to be an organ donor, my request is inked on license, not on chest...hopefully my wallet will be with me, at time of demise...my heart has many tattoos, but my body remains, an empty canvas...enjoyed the whimsical, but realist write! ! PEACE, penned forever. (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (10/18/2013 3:08:00 PM)

    This is a great contemporary poem, considering the current popularity of tattoos and other issues over choices and attempted personal control over ones own demise, gently persuasive and deftly confronting with humour and a balanced light touch. Great work. (Report) Reply

  • Gulsher John (10/13/2013 10:40:00 AM)

    Ohh my goodness wta flow....bri
    U r crazy, i reckon.hahahahah
    Did u enjoy RCP? per Volsa u have hard heart and thick skin and lil brain... hahaha (kidding) mellow.i m sure your TATTOO is love handles... haha
    And i guarantee you that u'll be in heaven besides me...
    p.s.you're beyond rating so why should i do... hahaha (Report) Reply

  • Steven Ralph (10/11/2013 9:14:00 PM)

    You are unique! The poem's funny, but if you don't watch out it'll punch you in the ear like a Mike Tyson left hook. The EMT's will do it anyway though. Tattoo your lawyer's name and phone number next to the 'no CPR' just to make sure. (Report) Reply

  • Elena Plotkin (10/9/2013 2:50:00 PM)

    CPR: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
    I guess it has its place in this age and nation,
    but not for me.....I hope. I’ve lived long and well.
    I’m ready to go, perhaps to Heaven, ....perhaps to Hell.

    10++ for the poem! But if you really want the doctors or EMT to honor your tattoo you'll have to have two witnesses signatures tattooed right next to it and a notary and even then no promises. (Report) Reply

  • Noreen Carden (10/8/2013 6:40:00 AM)

    Hello Brian as always a funny twist on a serious subject i have to say [as much as it pains me] i agree with you
    good read as usual you make me smile (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (10/7/2013 8:06:00 AM)

    I enjoyed your Tattoo with the smiley! But since it is under the hair on your chest, no one is going to see it and you might be given a CPR and come back to life... a still more aggressive Bri! Nevertheless the possibility of a heart attack also is rare as you have a strong heart and a thick skin.... (just imitating your style... ha... ha! !)

    A 10 for this humorous write! (Report) Reply

  • S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (10/5/2013 11:35:00 PM)

    A fine fabulous poem on a rare topic, n dats what i like best, i dont like d mundane common subjects. Plus U rhymd it nicely too. (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (10/3/2013 9:34:00 PM)

    Yes, tattoo has been there for ages. Your will at the end of the poem is wonderful. After all when the soul is gone, of what use is corpse. (Report) Reply

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