“ROYGBIV” by Tiffany Shaw-Diaz


the voice of the sun ascending red

with a dash of orange in my bones

a cardinal sings for the sky now yellow

drumming into my bed a song bursts

through my walls the way green

shapes a budding orchid turning

its head to greet a day full of promise

and yet i have known blue breathed it in

then released the indigo found

within uncharted depths but at night

i still make room in my heart for the whisper

of a violet horizon begging me home


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: www.tiffanyshawdiaz.com.