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a poem by Julene Tripp Weaver

Honor in Flames

She tattooed the word 'earth' in script
across her belly, tattooed 'H2O'
on the shaved side of her head.
She tattooed 'HONOR' --
each letter on a toe of her right foot.
Next, she plans flames traveling
the length of her legs. She lived in a
tree for a year, breathed to it at night --
a large Sequoia whose sap penetrated
her bones. She is on fire and will burn
like Joan.

© by Julene Tripp Weaver

Gutter Eloquence Magazine ~ Issue #17 ~ September 2011