“She Lived”: A Poem by Santi Tafarella

Like a banner twisted



in a violent wind


the carcass

of a cypress



by lightening.


Gone the fragrant



that used to seep

from knotty




Gone the blue-grey



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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