By Ishmael von Heidrick-Barnes in collaboration with the Armenian artist, Tatiana Ferahian
(Inspired by the women of the Armenian Genocide who were tattooed by their captors).
The body remembers
contusions the epidermis forgets
forcibly sealed within lips
Carry’s the weight
time hastily erases
Feels the blunt force
of each hand
tied behind back
until the needle of a voice
with the name of the transgressor.