Whenever they buy a country
they have their names tattooed
all over every open patch.
We lived here before they got here
or got here after the inking up but
our names don’t look like theirs, so
we have to hide in the spaces
in the letters, the gap of the upper
“A”, the narrow rooms afforded
inside “D” and “O.” It helps your chances
if you are comfortable
living under a thin sheen of blood.