Garden Renovations

Photo: © C. Shade. All Rights Reserved.

he is an
unlit, lithe lantern lingering
atop his staircase,
limbs liquidizing as
he stutters

when he tells his
mother that he
loves Adam,
she becomes
a silent
chameleon trying to
hide beneath floorboards

she whispers that
no son of hers will
wrap a boy’s waist in magnolias
and maple syrup

months later,
he becomes powdered sugar unfurling in
another boy’s lips

the boys craft their own little eden—
shoulders rested on the stump
of a forgotten tree,
opened bottles of milk by
their foreheads,
apple seeds stuffed inside their teeth

Nadia Farjami is from Southern California. Her work has been recognized by The New York Times, The National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Cathexis Northwest Press, The Esthetic Apostle, Prometheus Dreaming, Polyphony LIT, Youth Poet Laureate and more.

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Issue 8

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