Jeanette Winterson, Lighthousekeeping
This is my sixth tattoo, third literary. I was born with heart defect and had open heart surgery at a young age, leaving me with a 10-inch scar on my chest and a 6-inch one on my leg. I have recurring heart issues today, at the age of 24, and have lost several family members to heart disease, most recently my father, who was not even 60. This is from Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar: “I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my hear: I am. I am. I am.” My heart says, “I am” with every beat.