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Poetry Friday: Poetry Sets My Heart on Fire

And so does Neil Gaiman! Hehe. It’s Friday once again, and I’ll steal another week of Poetry Friday, featuring one of Gathering Books’ favorite writers. The Poetry Friday round-up is hosted today by the talented Laura Purdie Salas from Writing the World for Kids. I chanced upon this poem by accident. A fan named Burton Olivier requested a poem from Neil Gaiman which Burton would then have tattooed on his back. Blogger Kitty Cat shares a little bit of the story in her post here. I wish Neil Gaiman would write a poem for me too! Hope you enjoy the poem. Happy Friday! =)

An ephemeral type project by designer Nir Tober using the element of fire. Click on the image to be taken to the websource.

I Will Write in Words of Fire
by Neil Gaiman

I will write in words of fire
I will write them on your skin.
I will write about desire.
Write beginnings, write of sin.
You’re the book I love the best,
your skin only holds the truth,
you will be a palimpsest
lines of age rewriting youth.
You will not burn upon the pyre.
Or be buried on the shelf.
You’re my letter to desire:
And you’ll never read yourself.
I will trace each word and comma
As the final dusk descends.
You’re my tale of dreams and drama,
Let us find out how it ends.

This is the actual image tattooed on Burton Olivier’s back, minus the color:

Click on the image to be taken to the websource.

Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

9 comments on “Poetry Friday: Poetry Sets My Heart on Fire

  1. I’m just going to gush over two things: the poem from niel gaiman and the tattoo…now I want that kind of tattoo..i should try do something like that.

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  2. What a beautiful image and such a lovely poem, I agree with Iphigene. But for some reason, I’m not too keen to find out ‘how it ends.’ 🙂 Can’t we just live for the moment, my love?

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  3. Not actually a fan of tattoos, but that poem! Wow.

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  4. Ooooooo, this is stunning. My favorite lines:

    You’re my letter to desire:
    And you’ll never read yourself.
    I will trace each word and comma
    As the final dusk descends,

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  5. *fans self* Totally cool poem, even if I’m not a fan of tattoos. Neil Gaiman = le sigh . . . ♥

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  6. What a poem! Romantic, yet with a modern sensibility.

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  7. Sigh….what a poem!

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  8. Whew! That’s HOT!!
    Love the word (had to look it up) palimpsest!!

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