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

 

Be just arrived.

 

Be Midwestern dirt

under Midwestern

 

fingernails

 

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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