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Causing Diamonds

by James Laswell

I was told to die

in heaven.


So I sipped their poison

looking into God’s eyes

as He grinned the sun

And those with wings laughed the rain

And I rejected his reign

Teeth pressed against teeth

causing diamonds

And the light from his hubris shone through them

And I gifted the world with the colors of my


James E. Laswell is a poet from the foothills of Colorado. As a member of the LGBTQ community, he writes through a colorful lens. Queerness can be found in all his works, though it is frequently not the subject of particular poems. 

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September 2019

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