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Hello, all! I have posted in this community before, see this post, and I've just recently (yesterday, in fact) gotten a new literary quote that I'm so in love with. 

My obsession with and love for Allen Ginsberg began when I was thirteen years old and picked up an anthology of modern American poetry from a garage sale. I read "America" and immediately became obsessed...and here I am six years later, finally bearing a small tribute to my favourite poet. The poem this line is from is titled "An Eastern Ballad", and is among his early works (published in 1949, he wrote "Howl" in 1954-1955). Getting this line made sense to me in so many ways, but mostly I love the idea of young Allen Ginsberg writing this beautiful poem with absolute no idea who he was and who he would become...just a young kid, basically. This appealed to me. A lot. I can identify with marvelling at the universe but still knowing so little about it.








An Eastern Ballad

I speak of love that comes to mind:
The moon is faithful, although blind;
She moves in thought she cannot speak.
Perfect care has made her bleak.

I never dreamed the sea so deep,
The earth so dark; so long my sleep,
I have become another child.
I wake to see the world go wild.

- Allen Ginsberg.


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On February 4th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC), kitty69lover commented:
first of all, Allen Ginsberg tattoo!! amazing in its own right.

then, the actual line and the placement are flawless. gorgeous.
On February 4th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC), lauralemon replied:
thank you so much! the tattoo itself took about 10 minutes, but we spent about 30 discussing placement. i feel like it's perfect.
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On February 4th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC), murflesnorks commented:
I absolutely love it!
On February 4th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC), lauralemon replied:
:)! thank you!
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On February 4th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC), writerboz commented:
That looks absolutely beautiful. You look very different with short hair!
On February 5th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC), lauralemon replied:
thank you so much! yes it was quite the change, but a good one i think. :)
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On February 5th, 2012 02:43 am (UTC), lauralemon replied:
thanks! the font is from myfonts.com, it's called 'eye catching'. :D
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On February 5th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC), heatherlayne_n commented:
Tat looks great! Love the font and placement.

Also, I love your hair and you have a Buffy poster. You, my friend, win three internet cookies!
On February 5th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC), lauralemon replied:
haha, thank you! i'm planning a buffy tattoo next! that's kind of literary, right?
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On February 5th, 2012 07:19 am (UTC), lauralemon replied:
thank you x2!
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On February 5th, 2012 05:30 am (UTC), kitchen_poet commented:
Oh my, I absolutely love that. And the poems is one of my favorites! The curve of the line is just so lovely.


An aside--part of me was scared it was going to be the first lines of Howl. Not that I don't love Howl, but that particular stanza is so ubiquitous lately. The last person I talked to about it told me he had gotten the tattoo "after this really cool movie." He had no idea that Allen Ginsberg was a real person, nor that he had ever written anything else.
On February 5th, 2012 07:22 am (UTC), lauralemon replied:
thanks a lot!

i understand what you mean when you say that, i think i feel similarly. although "howl" is an extremely familiar and incredible poem for me, picking a single line out of it would have been nearly impossible. i did contemplate simply getting the word howl itself, and maybe i will one day, but who knows! it's also difficult to find a line i love that isn't mildly inappropriate...oh allen.

that person sounds like my worst nightmare, but in retrospect the joke is pretty much entirely on him.
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On February 5th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC), __happyhurt__ commented:
I love it! I've never read Allen Ginsberg but now I want too! :)
On February 6th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC), lauralemon replied:
thank you! you definitely should!! howl & other poems is a great place to start :)
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On February 6th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC), hebrokeaway commented:
That placement is terrific! Very creative and it looks great.
On February 6th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC), lauralemon replied:
thank you!
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On February 6th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC), lornathatsme commented:
This is totally gorgeous. I'm ashamed to say I'd never heard of Allen Ginsberg before, but that poem is just so beautiful *skips off to read more*
On February 6th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC), lauralemon replied:
thank you :), hope you enjoy him as much as i do!
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On February 14th, 2012 06:10 am (UTC), milesaway commented:
i love everything about this oh my
On February 14th, 2012 08:29 am (UTC), lauralemon replied:
:D thanks!
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On February 17th, 2012 09:20 am (UTC), midwinter commented:
this is perfect to me. beautiful beautiful on every level
On March 23rd, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC), lauralemon replied:
thanks a lot!
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On February 17th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC), nnk0711 commented:
beautiful tattoo =)
On March 23rd, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC), lauralemon replied:
i agree thank you :)
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On March 23rd, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC), feketszeret commented:
I don't know how I overlooked this tattoo before.
Wow, simply gorgeous
On March 23rd, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC), lauralemon replied:
:) thank you so much, i love it.
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On June 2nd, 2012 04:20 am (UTC), joans_journal commented:
This is very lovely!

Buffy karma, too! (Noticed the poster in the background!)
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