My ñ tattoo.
Two years ago tonight, I had this quote by Jean Genet tattooed on my ribcage.Tattoo by Michael Bogle, Eye Candy, New Orleans
Sometimes I think it was there all along.
“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”
Done by Chris Amlie, North Bellmore, NY
|—||Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach|
love is a place
& through this place of
(with brightness of peace)
Photo: B. Sandler
I work in international development, mostly abroad and in places no one really wants to visit; this poem and that line in particular have become part of my personal history, and a way to feel connected when I’m far away. The script looks like my handwriting.
"From that day on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood."
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
"at last, we know not what it is to live in the open air, and our lives are domestic in more senses than we think. From the hearth the field is a great distance. It would be well, perhaps, if we were to spend more of our days and nights without any obstruction between us and the celestial bodies, if the poet did not speak so much from under a roof, or the saint dwell there so long. Birds do not sing in caves, nor do doves cherish their innocence in dovecots." -Henry David Thoreau, "Walden"
From Tuesday’s With Morrie by Mitch Albom. While I’m not a huge a fan of the book in general, one passage really stuck out from the moment I first read it and stayed with me for years. I finally decided to have it tattooed.
|—||East of Eden (Steinbeck)|
Philip Yarnell’s portrait of Steinbeck - awesome