Tattoo

DrumMayan

Detail. Version of Photograph: Justin Kerr (Mayavase Database)

The drumbeat awakens the ancestors
asleep above the ink-infusing skin;
and just beneath, the shaken blood bestirs
chronicles milling in chambers within.
Like the shield of Achilles, the patterns
alive augment and account biography:
an expressive graphic novel scattered—
the canvas quickened upturns privacy
public |shifting art topological|.

*[ WSB ].