“Witness”: A Poem by Santi Tafarella


I’ve been told

that the shore’s scattered



are remnant tissue


from the placenta

of creation


that millions of years ago

out of its belly


the ocean heaved forth

the mountains and the valleys—


and this was witnessed

by the single eye

of the moon


who told the tale

to four North American



living in Bakersfield

last August.


I don’t know

about any of this

first hand


but I smell fish

and I see a film of bubbles


sleek like saliva


while polished pebbles

roll off the beach like tears.

About Santi Tafarella

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