“The Prophet”: a poem by Santi Tafarella

Beauty is the first ugliness

in line, making those behind

blind. The candle’s orange

tongue, declaring for God,

assures darkness is elsewhere.

Your truth is a mask

for an undisclosed motive.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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4 Responses to “The Prophet”: a poem by Santi Tafarella

  1. andrewclunn says:

    I didn’t know you dabbled in poetry.

    I like it, though I have to read it as beauty’s instead of beauty is if I want it keep the syllables staggered for a steady flow.

    You should share more creative works like this.

  2. andrewclunn says:

    Oh, also (though the blog is still very much “in development”) if you’d like to check out any of my poetry, I upload some of them here:


  3. santitafarella says:


    The link you provided is blocked (at least when I tried it). But yes, I’ll try to share more creative stuff in the future.

    I know you like Objectivism, and I was wondering if you’ve ever listened to Leonard Piekoff’s lectures on poetry. I think that they are actually pretty good.


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