Conversation between Saints


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.