Puzzle Skin

I was working on writing a poem that included a Pop Culture reference and saw a picture of a friend’s tattoo of a puzzle-piece version of Frankenstein’s Monster. And so, this (which has nothing to do with my friend or his personal reasons for his tattoo):


In the middle of summer, he removed
his shirt and stood next to the open hood,

engine steaming, when I first observed
the Frankenstein’s monster tattoo

covering his right bicep, broken down
into puzzle pieces, part of the lip and neck

and forehead missing. I imagined how
it might look, the lower jaw and neck

revealed beneath a shorter-sleeved shirt,
how the face might look when he

was having sex, how the forehead glistened
with sweat, how it would feel no different

under my fingertips, but somehow should.


About mckenzielynntozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in Indiana, where she works as a virtual assistant, editor, and freelance writer via her self-started business, MLT Creative. She received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose and as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Third Coast. She previously completed her B.S. in Secondary English Education and B.A. in English, with a Concentration in Writing, at Indiana University South Bend, where she worked as the Managing Editor for 42 Miles Press. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Emerge Literary Journal, Encore Magazine, Thank You for Swallowing, The Spooklet, Sleet Magazine, and Analecta, among others; and her book reviews and essays have appeared on The Rumpus and Motherly. When not writing, she enjoys art and music, and the simple mathematics of being a wife of one, a mama of two, and a cat-mom of three. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com. View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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