Anna Rose (obscurityme) wrote,
Anna Rose


So I've been planning a tattoo for while, and it's always been my intention to get it when I graduate. First I wanted a plethora of things, including the words 'Carpe Diem' I understand that it's terribly trite but I liked the meaning so I thought fuck it. However, now I've thought of something with all the wicked meaning of 'Carpe Diem' but also marginally more original! W00t. So to replace 'Carpe Diem' I've got the opening line of a Robert Herrick poem (To the Virgins, to make much of time), which is "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may", the rest of the stanza goes on to say "Old Time is still a-flying: / And this same flower that smiles to-day / To-morrow will be dying." but I think the first line covers what I'm trying to say.

One internet analysis describes the meaning of the poem as "Act now to make the most of your life. In other words, says the poem, aggressively pursue a goal rather than sitting idly by waiting for good things to happen. Be proactive. Take a risk. You can't dream your way to your goal." ref.

And yes, I'm fully aware that tonnes of people probably have this inked but whatevz, I'm not going to not get something (double negative win) that I want just people other people have it too.

I'm currently favouring a design with the aforementioned quote, roses and fantails. Roses being a) mentioned in the quote, b) my name, c) a symbol of all sorts of wicked stuff and d) in my garden growing up. Fantails being a) awesome b) a symbol of death (appropriate to quote) and c) abundant at my mothers farm, lots of fuzzy memories, etc.

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