Violent Storm

On the bus. She had it on her upper legs, straight front, wearing shorts to ensure visual message conveyed:

Right leg:

We live amidst a violent storm; leaves us unsatisfied at best

Left leg:

So fill your heart with what’s important, and be done with all the rest

She couldn’t have been much more than eighteen. Like the one with the Oscar Wilde “Saints and Sinners” text, across two arms.

Turns out that this one comes from La Dispute band, “The Last Lost Continent”. Pretty fierce:

Wondered what she was doing, with such in your face. Message through the song. Wondered about the “Saints and Sinners”, across the arms, the same way.

Then remembered having a ring designed, in late twenties, with the first initials of four major flameouts, and with a separate line across each initial, plus a small blue stone insert. Creating one’s own epoch. Regardez mon esprit; c’est la bague. Wore it for a couple of years, on the wedding ring finger of the wrong hand. Remember being on the Toronto subway; finding somebody studying the ring, watching my hand on the railing. Some message connection.

At least I could take it off.

And end up losing it.

Postscript, June 28, 2013:

She is not alone, in terms of wanting these words to become a permanent body statement.

Postscript, June 28, 2013:

From an e-mail exchange with Neil Remington Abramson, June 27, 2013:


Was the lettering horizontal across the legs, or vertically, running down? If horizontal, was it so others could read, hence upside down for the owner?


It was horizontal, across the legs, with the lettering out so that others could read it. That’s an interesting question. She clearly wanted the message to go to others, content to look at it upside down herself, unless in a mirror…where it would be backwards?

At least with a ring, you can turn it around to remind yourself of what you were trying to say.


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