She Wears T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot reads across her back
“Come in under this red rock”
and wears it proudly and loudly
a badge, a token, a talisman
for striving ahead and leaving
the old behind where it belongs
the strong lines burned in black
are what I read when she sleeps
a reminder to me to always strive
for a better day, a better tomorrow.