Tattoos [poem] by Cameron Morse

Inklings too flighty to be embroidered
take off, breaking out
from under the cufflink of my case worker.

Their feathered breasts thump
against the bulletproof glass of the box he sits in,

inquiring about the balance of my bank account,
the contents of my notebook,
until my ballpoint pen

bursts into birdsong.

 

Image of 1930s Switchboard Operator

Image by SharonaGott

Cameron Morse taught and studied in China. He is currently an MFA candidate at UMKC and lives with his wife, Lili, in Blue Springs, Missouri. His work has been or will be published in I-70 Review, TYPO, Sleet, Small Print Magazine, Two Hawks Quarterly and First Class Literary Magazine.