i like my body when it is with your

This belongs to Nic.

Literary Tattoos: i like my body when it is with your e.e. cummings

i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body. i like what it does,
i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones, and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which i will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz
of your electric fur, and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh … And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill

of under me you so quite new

- “i like my body when it is with your” by e.e. cummings

as small as a world and as large as alone.

This belongs to Chelsea.

Literary Tattoos: maggie and milly and molly and may e.e. cummings

maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,

and milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea 

- maggie and milly and molly and may by e.e. cummings

you said Is

This belongs to Jessica Lakritz.

The lines perfectly encompass the way I feel about how to live in this world.  The font is Traveling Typewriter.

Literary Tattoos: you said Is e.e. cummings

you said Is
there anything which
is dead or alive more beautiful
than my body,to have in your fingers
(trembling ever so little)?
Looking into
your eyes Nothing,i said,except the
air of spring smelling of never and forever.

….and through the lattice which moved as
if a hand is touched by a
hand(which
moved as though
fingers touch a girl’s
breast,
lightly)
Do you believe in always,the wind
said to the rain
I am too busy with
my flowers to believe,the rain answered

- e.e. cummings

(Do you think?)

Literary Tattoos: Into the Strenuous Briefness e.e. cummings

This belongs to Alexis.

These are the last five lines of the 1920 e.e. cummings’ poem, “Into the Strenuous Briefness.”

(Do you think?) the
i do, world
is probably made
of roses & hello:

(of solongs and, ashes)

2012 was a rather difficult year for me, with a lot of drama and heartbreak and change. And so to start of the new year, I wanted to permanently adorn myself with the idea that all moments are fleeting — the good and the bad (roses/hello, goodbyes/ashes). The entire poem is wonderful, full of great images — but it was those last few lines which really resonated.

The work was done by a fantastic artist, Liaa Walter, who is based in Washington DC. I’d recommend her to anyone. And it is in King font.

(sleep wake hope and then)

This is Gabby‘s tattoo.

This poem has been my favorite since I chose to recite it in my 9th grade English class. It’s about two lovers, anyone and no one, who fall in love and eventually die. People don’t really like them, and they don’t do anything spectacular with their lives. They just go about their mundane existence, and when they die the world just moves on. What got me about this line in particular is that in our mundane existence, we can still wake up each day with someone we love and we can still hope. There’s something so simplistically beautiful about that.

Literary Tattoos: e.e. cummings anyone lived in a pretty how town

someones married their everyones
laughed their cryings and did their dance
(sleep wake hope and then)they
said their nevers they slept their dream

- Excerpt from anyone lived in a pretty how town by e.e. cummings

i like my body when it’s with your body

This belongs to Christina.

Literary Tattoos: i like my body when it is with your e.e. cummings

i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body. i like what it does,
i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones, and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which i will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz
of your electric fur, and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh … And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill

of under me you so quite new

- i like my body when it is with your by e.e. cummings