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happiness, pint by pint by Tiffany Shaw-Diaz

this morning 

i treated myself

to gourmet cookies & cream

held the pint in my

warm hand 

before heading off to work

slowly i dipped my spoon

around the edges as they

began to melt 

took my sweet 

sweet time 

to fully savor each bite 

there’s a bag of granola 

sitting undisturbed 

in my dusty kitchen 

and the vegan yogurt 

i bought

with the best of intentions 

is now a day past due 

but neither 

of those saintly things 

can lift my spirits 

in the way 

that a bit of ice cream

can do


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.


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