deeper than skin

i’ve been looking into tattoos
and while the general consensus
is that putting someone’s name
on your body is a foolish move
because “what if”
i’d still do it
because even with “what if”
futures ahead of us
midnight-black beads of ink
embedded beneath my skin
would pale in comparison
to the river of you
already coursing through my soul
and even if “what if” happens
the canyons you’re carving
to spell out your name
would always remain
and no matter what
your name will still
be beautiful