tattooed all i am

sixty three stretch marks
rise from the bottom of my stomach
moving upwards
like tongues of flame
across my body

three black lines
black like paint black like kohl
moving downwards
like cracks on a wall
by the side of my thighs

once everyday
these scars remind me
of how i abandoned
all the secret promises
i once made
to myself.


title from pearl jam's black.