“She Lived”: A Poem by Santi Tafarella

Like a banner twisted

upward

 

in a violent wind

 

the carcass

of a cypress

 

unleaved

by lightening.

 

Gone the fragrant

sap

 

that used to seep

from knotty

 

breasts.

 

Gone the blue-grey

bark. 

 

A skinless thigh now.

 

Lean ribbons of smooth

muscle now.

 

A fossil out of doors

before a

 

sandstone sky

and you.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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