National Poetry Month Daily Poem: ‘October 13, 2010’ by Lauren Ireland


To celebrate National Poetry Month, Flavorwire will be posting a poem a day. For today’s installment, we feature a poem from Lauren Ireland’s Dear Lil Wayne. The collection, a series of poems as letters to Weezy, is out now on Magic Helicopter Press.

“October 13 2010” by Lauren Ireland

I only have one tattoo, but my face always looks sad, which is kind of permanent. I’ve seen your permanent tears. Why do we never remember being happy? Childhood is supposed to be happy, but all I remember is being embarrassed for 19 years. Teach me how to swagger.