gladiolus gather in an attempt to deflower spring.
doves console a dying falcon.
a fig utters a final prayer as ants read last rites.
please do not pluck my feathers in public.
a dozen oysters reject their pearls
a dozen minnows are swallowed by los angeles
the cardinals swear i am saved.
ordinary cities rest laughing upon history.
there are no more great kings
it’s better this way.
the crabapple tree waits to die
as a conversation between saints
dissolves into hymns.
Evan Anders brews coffee for mass consumption in Philadelphia. His poems have appeared in Five 2 One Magazine, California Quarterly, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, and forthcoming in North Dakota Quarterly.