Needled

Needled

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

I wonder if I'll still be around
when you tire of the tattoo
you are about to needle
your finger with?

You know I have a thing
about labels and labelling.
Let people be people,
is it necessary to shout from
the summit to announce
to all and sundry what is
personal?

Knowing how you hate poetry,
I wonder what you'd think of me
If I tattooed my index finger with
the word poet? You would be the
first to say "for Pete's sake don't
show it".

Come to think of it, when you go
ask how much the price will be
to impregnate my skin with ink
before I sink below the horizon.

© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


Author's Note

Christine Anne Shaw
Please note I am not against tattoos

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Labels are quite literally everywhere. You use them yourself everyday, even if you don't know it. We labeled our feelings with symbols, strung them together with sounds and made language which is probably in the top 3 of species greatest advantages list.

How a person chooses to label themselves is part of a thing all humans do, "self identify". We do it with clothes, make up, jewelry, possessions, fashion, actions, affiliations, tone of voice, Tattoos, and so on.

If you are negatively judging someone for getting a tattoo for fashionable reasons you're doing it in a hypocritical way. Do you not promote your gender preference and deliver a message through fashion (clothes, make up, jewelry, etc.)? You might not like tattoos as a method to achieve the same things as yourself but it's just another way of doing something. Like how some people are vegans and some people are not, or how some people like ice cream and some people like pudding instead. It's not rational to attribute negative connotations to people who self identify with tattoos, even if they look ridiculous and are generally idiotic people for other reasons... they're just trying to be themselves and if being superficial is who they are, then superficial is who they are.

Personally, i'll never get a tattoo, I don't see the appeal. Maybe when I start going senile I'll start tattooing passwords and pin numbers on my body... but that's about it.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

David george

2 Weeks Ago

Eh, it's just a viewpoint that sounded rational. I don't actually have a stance on this so I thought.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Yep, your viewpoint is perfectly rational. I am thinking about those pin numbers and passwords and j.. read more
David george

2 Weeks Ago

I'm sure someone is or was that stupid somewhere at some point in time to do something like that.



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Gee
Not got any tattoos myself but came close in the early 80's when on a beano in Southend, luckily the shop was shut when we staggered to its door otherwise I'd have a spider on a thread coming from my left armpit !!
Hi Christine, hope the sun is out, MK is sweltering

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Sweltering?? You must be in your bath. It's bloomin cold here Gee. Thank you for checking this one o.. read more
Gee

2 Weeks Ago

Sitting in the garden with the pooches, mind you it was cold first thing when out walking them
You know there is a time I got so broken, I thought of doing all things and one of the thing was a tatoo, I am glad I didnt get it, ohh that pain of being needled!!! I am glad I didnt

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Hello Cassie, thank you for your lovely review. All good wishes.

Chris
Labels are quite literally everywhere. You use them yourself everyday, even if you don't know it. We labeled our feelings with symbols, strung them together with sounds and made language which is probably in the top 3 of species greatest advantages list.

How a person chooses to label themselves is part of a thing all humans do, "self identify". We do it with clothes, make up, jewelry, possessions, fashion, actions, affiliations, tone of voice, Tattoos, and so on.

If you are negatively judging someone for getting a tattoo for fashionable reasons you're doing it in a hypocritical way. Do you not promote your gender preference and deliver a message through fashion (clothes, make up, jewelry, etc.)? You might not like tattoos as a method to achieve the same things as yourself but it's just another way of doing something. Like how some people are vegans and some people are not, or how some people like ice cream and some people like pudding instead. It's not rational to attribute negative connotations to people who self identify with tattoos, even if they look ridiculous and are generally idiotic people for other reasons... they're just trying to be themselves and if being superficial is who they are, then superficial is who they are.

Personally, i'll never get a tattoo, I don't see the appeal. Maybe when I start going senile I'll start tattooing passwords and pin numbers on my body... but that's about it.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

David george

2 Weeks Ago

Eh, it's just a viewpoint that sounded rational. I don't actually have a stance on this so I thought.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Yep, your viewpoint is perfectly rational. I am thinking about those pin numbers and passwords and j.. read more
David george

2 Weeks Ago

I'm sure someone is or was that stupid somewhere at some point in time to do something like that.
I like this poem, it is unique. I also read all of the comments and I do understand everyone's point. I do have many tattoos and I love them. Each one has a special meaning of my life. I don't have them to show off to people, mine are for me! I don't regret them, I'm still not finished getting more. Also, to me they are addicting. People do stare, and that's ok. I am the same person with or without them. Very good poem Christine.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


I like this poem, it is unique. I also read all of the comments and I do understand everyone's point. I do have many tattoos and I love them. Each one has a special meaning of my life. I don't have them to show off to people, mine are for me! I don't regret them, I'm still not finished getting more. Also, to me they are addicting. People do stare, and that's ok. I am the same person with or without them. Very good poem Christine.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Hello Donna and thank you for your visit. I actually do like tattoos, they are creative. I:m just no.. read more
This one reminds me of how old I am. Almost every day I encounter tattooed youths, some of whom are so garishly etched they make me think of Queeqeg the harpooner from Moby Dick. All I can say is that in a couple of decades plastic surgeons are going to be raking in the green from all the middle aged millennials who no longer want to say "Look at me!"

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Smiling at your response John and think there is much wisdom in what you say. Thank you for your vis.. read more
I've seen the tattoo thing expand over the years. I even thought about getting one myself but I'll wait a while for that. :) Seeing women covered with them is a bit of a turn-off for me. Lots of punishment and pain in that. Ouch!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

I'm not keen on the pain side either, nor do I like people plastered on them. Discreet is best. Than.. read more
for a fair and silver haired lady I'd swear maybe your a red head:) boom lines here! I'm the same way about labels, so much so... I never wear them, nothing with any emblem touches my skin i even black out the symbols on my sneakers I advertise for know one:) most people don't even know I write poetry LOL! but i think if i was in your unlabled shoes I think I might be tempted to write poet on them tho:)

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Hello Bunny, a red head I have never been sadly. Never been tempted to try it. Much like the tattoo .. read more
loved this, Chris, had I thought of it, I would get poet tattooed on my index finger, might still do it yet thanks for the inspiration and the pain and the ink,

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

You know what I haven't ruled it out myself. If you can't beat Em you might as well join them. Get n.. read more
I really don't appreciate tattoos. I admit that I've seen some that were quite beautiful. What I honestly don't understand is how someone who is, by most standards very pretty or handsome, would want to practically cover their body with them.

Take care - Dave

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

It's fashionable Dave and I have to admit I am past doing things for the sake of fashion. Discreet i.. read more

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Christine Anne Shaw
Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Have been at Writerscafe for a year now, so pleased I made the change to posting my work here. Have loved reading poetry all my life, but never wrote my first poem until I hit 40. I wish now that I.. more..

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