La Tasha N. Nevada Diggs

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you showcase the worst of summer
by noon the forest details your scorch
I taste the battery from your match
alone, I chase the hum of helicopters. make a melody from the evoke of hum
alone, I sing blue lakes’ din
leave me a rock with some seed. leave me a drop or more.
my name is why

I am here in pink carpenters and ashy palms
while rain purees the soot
I pelican from couch to window
make a melody from the evoke of hum

leave me rocks with some seed. leave me a drop or more
my name is why

the creek keeps me in pulse an elegy for peppery char
I whisper leave me something something
the volcanic rocks are everywhere.
my terrain dead soon newborns.
leave me rocks with some seed. leave me a drop or more
my name is why

you last whispered a sorrel refrain
I forgot to press record


La Tasha N. Nevada Diggs
blank cassette was first published in Semantikon, Vol 3, Version 4, March 2005.
Poem, copyright © 2005 by La Tasha N. Nevada Diggs
Appearing on From the Fishouse with permission
Audio file, copyright © 2005, From the Fishouse