My best friend is a tattooist, I've seen many lines from poems scrawled on people, and I do wonder how or why some of them are chosen...?! I would have some or all of the following from The Waste Land: What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man, You cannot say, or guess, for you know only A heap of broken images, where the sun beats, And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief, And the dry stone no sound of water. Maybe all of Sonnet 29: When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries And look upon myself and curse my fate, Wishing me like to one more rich in hope, Featured like him, like him with friends possess'd, Desiring this man's art and that man's scope, With what I most enjoy contented least; Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising, Haply I think on thee, and then my state, Like to the lark at break of day arising From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate; For thy sweet love remember'd such wealth brings That then I scorn to change my state with kings. Or for a nice little'un, I wholly agree with 'Dulce et Decorum Est'. Maybe the beginning of Carol Ann Duffy's 'Valentine' for something more contemporary, which might pique the kids' interest: "Not a red rose or a satin heart. I give you an onion." And/or you can always look out for the Royal Wedding poem she'll be writing for William and Kate... if that's the kind of thing your students are interested in...?