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2 Poems by Everett Cruz

What Becomes of an Untended Garden?

when the leaves of grass yellow

and the vine borers mine

to the squash’s core

and even the hungry hummingbirds

abandon the decapitated Turk’s caps

summer bleaches the bones of spring

yet from the ruins of better days

sunflowers still dance on a faint breeze

green days will come again

Butterfly Lies

My children do not hear my rants:

how Candy Land is infested with ants,

how riding unicorns give saddle sores,

how Baby Shark dies for canned albacore.

I do not want to tell them lies,

But they look up to me with their big eyes

They’re just like mine but in a smaller size.

So, I cocoon the truth until its butterflies


Everett Cruz (he, they) lives and teaches in Denton, Texas, where he studies creative writing at the University of North Texas. He is a Filipino-American who grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. His work has been or will be published in Brave Voices, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Resurrection Magazine, The Minison Project, Marías at Sampaguitas, Stanza Cannon, and Five South. Twitter @EverettCruzIsOK



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