An Everyday Affair

by Darrell Dela Cruz

Red Reflection with Two Horses, Seal Beach, CA by roger camp

Covered in the smoke from a BBQ – still pink
on the inside he joked, his way to compensate

for being over-prepared. We bring what’s not burnt out
onto TV trays. The extraneous portions pushed off the plate.

Watching Jeopardy, in-between commercials,
Would you have answered correctly?

He keeps asking.

disposed of since it’s garbage day. Today, his husband
will forget to throw out the decayed succulent

with the price tag still on. He always does this.
Adding plants. Watching dryness. At one time, we were all green.

Darrell Dela Cruz’s work has appeared in Saw Palm, The Minetta Review, Crab Orchard Review, Studio One, Steam Ticket, and Cider Press Review. He has a blog where he analyzes poems: He graduated with an MFA in Poetry from San Jose State University.

Roger Camp is the author of three photography books including the award winning Butterflies in Flight, Thames & Hudson, 2002 and Heat, Charta, Milano, 2008. His work has appeared in numerous journals including The New England Review, Witness and the New York Quarterly. His documentary photography has been awarded Europe’s prestigious Leica Medal of Excellence. Represented by the Robin Rice Gallery, NYC, more of his work may be seen on