Poem: Tankas – “Semi Colons in Tattoo Inked” and Thank You to my 1000 Followers! 

Hi happy Tuesday. Thank you! Thank you to all my 1000 followers, I appreciate you all a great deal and am so honoured to have you follow me on my writing journey. I received the badge which says 1000 followers but ashamedly, I haven’t figured out how to do a screen shot on my IPhone 6 or IPad Mini 4. But, you guys are amazing!


The summer flu has hit, so lucky I had some posts mostly, ready to go . . .

There is an interesting trend happening concerning the use of semi-colons, that bit of punctuation our English teachers told us, we dont need to use.

Mental illness and suicide have given the semi colon new meaning. An article from the online tool Grammerly states from project semi colon’s website:

‘“A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you, and the sentence is your life . . . ”’

Please see here for the Grammerly Article: Why A Semi Colon Tattoo is the Most Beautiful Tattoo.  Also you can read about Project Semi Colon here.




It’s such a little,

Mark of punctuation, 

And all difference,

Makes; those desperate choose life;

Have semicolon tattooed.


Life washing over, 

As rolling waves, drown us deep;

Force within us break, 

Desiring pain of life stop,

New chance; life doesn’t cease.


The semi-colon,

Says, the story isn’t over, 

Soul keeps on living, 

Body keeps on struggling.

Living life; there’s no period.


Life isn’t a simple, 

Sentence written, controlled by us, 

Life has complexity, 

Harsh and wonderful–

Aches; but never choose end game. 


Countless stop their life,

More live to see second chance.

A semi colon —

Inked; life goes on they didn’t —

Cease to be; their pages over —


Flowed with more writing, 

Characters transforming,

They lived through darkness, 

Writing more and more, living, 

Not ending themselves. 


Begging others please, 

Don’t chose an empty passage, 

Live until you’re —

Dying; and don’t let the page,

You’re on, become a blank space.


Tattoo it in your arm,

On those wrists you sliced —

Or somewhere else —

Holding meaning; your story —

Starts again; breathe life and live. 




©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved. 


30 thoughts on “Poem: Tankas – “Semi Colons in Tattoo Inked” and Thank You to my 1000 Followers! 

  1. jademwong June 21, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    I loved the story behind the semicolon tattoo from the first moment I heard about it a while back. It’s just a beautiful gesture. Also, congrats on the 1000 followers ^_^

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    • mandibelle16 June 21, 2016 / 4:36 pm

      Thank you Jade. Yes, I love the significance it has for those struggling with suicide/mental illness. I hope those experiencing difficulty who have gotten this semi colon tattoo, look down on it, and it as some tangible strength, to get through their health issues. Thanks for reading. And thank you for being one of my 1000 followers 💕

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      • jademwong June 21, 2016 / 4:49 pm

        I absolutely agree with you and couldn’t have put it better myself. And aww, you’re very welcome. Thank you for being an awesome blogger friend 🙂

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  2. A Kinder Way June 21, 2016 / 7:21 pm


    ‘Harsh and wonderful–
    Aches; but never choose end game.’


    Liked by 1 person

  3. moonskittles June 21, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    And as far as semicolons go, I have a special three day lesson for them. Very important. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • mandibelle16 June 22, 2016 / 12:01 am

      Nice 🙂 Good to know. I didn’t learn until my last year of university, how to use them 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • moonskittles June 22, 2016 / 12:06 am

        Oh wow.. well, better late than never right? 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  4. jacquelineobyikocha June 22, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    You deserve all the followers you can get because you are an awesome blogger and you work hard. Congratulations and to many more ahead.

    Liked by 1 person

    • mandibelle16 June 22, 2016 / 4:52 pm

      Thank you Jacqueline. Thanks for being one of those followers! 🌺💕


  5. Miriam June 23, 2016 / 9:27 am

    Amazing writing. And a big congrats to you on the 1000! Keep enjoying. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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