I got my first tattoo in January 2018 and it was designed by the amazing & talented Zeze who is based in Auckland, New Zealand.
It is based off a Chinese fable called 猴子捞月 (the monkeys saving the moon) – if anyone is interested in what the story is about, I’m happy to provide a translated version.
I’ve been trying to write a poem inspired by the fable, but it just wasn’t working, I think it was a tad too restrictive. Instead, I wrote a little something very loosely inspired by Zeze’s artwork alone.
I think that’s one of the best things about art, how it can be re-discovered, re-imagined and re-mixed to produce unexpected results and then interpreted every which way too.
Either way, a life update & a poem, I hope you like it.
deep in the forest,
a little monkey, drunk
on moonshine, falls in love
with lady luna, vowing to
one day be by her side.
he tangles his body into vines
bathes in the blessings of her light
before dipping his paw into
her sacred tears, coating his
palm in the pale, soft night.
he feels the ephemeral moment
stretch into eternity before
snapping back into sharp
reality, fur marred by all the
shadowed lies, lingering desires
screamed into the skies, the wind
howls back as he hangs on for dear life,
voice hoarse, heart heavy and tired.
her kindness laps at his silhouette
at the water’s edge, pushing back
the intangible darkness, a proof of being,
in the present, an undeniable existence.