TATTOOS OF CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Tattoo’s of Crime and Punishment
Tattoo’s make quite cutting comments,
don’t you think?
Some sort of confessional/conversational
Carved in flesh with blood and ink.
Like the boy I once knew
With the Jailhouse tattoo,
All those cell-locked hours of patient pain to paint
Scenes from the Life of Ned Kelly across his back.
Central scene, Old Ned himself
in Greatcoat & iron, iconic helmet
Bailed up for his Last Stand,
with a gun in each hand
Looking like an old man kangaroo
facing off his final pack of dogs.
And above Ned’s head
the legend read;
“Such is Life.”
Yeah. Such is life..
The Tombstone Words, the epitaph
for every freedom loving wild boy
Gunned down while trying to escape in a fast car.
Or what about that charming junkie girl I knew
With that subtle tattoo?
On the soft white flesh of her inner arm
She bears a Hieroglyph for Strength
Surrounded by a circle of black fire,
hiding the scarred flesh, the ruined veins.
She says; “the ink hides the needle marks, dig?”
She’s studying to be a solicitor,
She’s quite a girl.
Watch her take on the World.
Or what about the Black Girl
Who could run faster than anyone else,
Which is a pretty good thing to learn
if your black and female
in this damned country.
(All those white mongrel gin-jockeys/
you know what I mean.)
And on her arm like a scared charm
are written the words,
“Cos I’m Free.”
Yeah, baby, that’s what she said,
“Cos I’m Free!”
So say it loud girl, say it proud,
carve it on your skin in scars,
Shout it to the Crowd!
And damn it was good,
After two hundred years
of violence, oppression & greed
to see a proud, young black girl
running that fast & free.
The Reverend Hellfire..
he is what he is.
~ by reverendhellfire on October 23, 2016.