“At the Creation, October 1, 1890”: A Poem by Santi Tafarella


Be just arrived.


Be Midwestern dirt

under Midwestern




puncturing the skin

of a juice-heavy orange.


Be flesh of orange mist

of orange before orange

in sunshine of orange.


Be the light softening


the clay-lipped grimace

of the river and of me.


Be the morning bee.


Be Yosemite, be.

About Santi Tafarella

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