gifts of grief (Tiffany Shaw-Diaz)

all colors are pastel 
& jellyfish float 

in a violet sky
the radio plays Brian
Eno along with 
the comforting symphony
of crickets 
the mall has always
been dirt-free
the daily news
is a loop of fresh lavender
but there are no stars

& moon 
no Kubrick
or Agatha Christie 
in the hum of okay

fine thanks
you forget that you

are a flame who
can birth suns


Tiffany Shaw-Diaz is a Pushcart Prize and Dwarf Stars Award nominee who also works as a professional visual artist. Her poetry has been featured in Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, Bones, NHK World Haiku Masters, The Mainichi, and nearly 100 other publications. Her chapbooks include: says the rose (Yavanika Press 2019), filth (Proletaria 2020), and tyranny of the familiar (Yavanika Press 2020). You can find her on Instagram and Twitter via @tiffanyshawdiaz or through her website:


image: Amee Nassrene Broumand