It’s written in Ogham, the Celtic tree alphabet, which was used to write Old Irish. In Old Irish this says “gaol buan” which, when translated, says “unfailing love”. You read it from bottom to top and each set of lines is a letter. The larger space is the space between words.
This is my third tattoo, and Im already in love with it. My parents used to read me Shel Silverstein poems when I was little and I still read his books today. This particular poem, which is from the newest compilation With Everything On Top, really makes me think of my dad. He passed away last fall and most of the inspiration for my tattoos comes from him. This was done by Matt Bushart at Enchanted Dragon Tattoo Parlor in Sierra Vista, AZ.