i use my body

a blank canvas for words

affirmations boldly leap

from the pale warmth of my skin

caressing the heart of the inner girl

and reminding me I AM goddess


accompanied by hearts flowers stars and dollars

words and intentions vine

weaving up down and across

encircling limbs and torso

softly yet deftly

the ink spills upon skin

guiding me into communion

with my own being


finger trailed stains

staying for hours days weeks

until the message sinks

deep enough to ignite my soul