Christian Garduno


You bring me back to life
when all I have left in me are paper dreams
and after we are over
trust me, I want you to haunt me

And I don’t have to understand your subtitles
it’s much too cold tonight to be second-guessing your mood — 
pour some poison on your lips and come kiss me
I’m searching your portrait just to read your captions
and every once in a while, well…
don’t you want something a little bit stronger??
something that’ll last a little bit longer than forever?

It’s alright to hold on to the light
and when no one’s looking-
that’s when they pin you on their wall like stars
wait until they get a load of you
and how did we ever manage staying so very stoned all summer

Christian Garduno’s work can be read in over 60 literary magazines. He is the recipient of the 2019 national Willie Morris Award for Southern Poetry. Garduno is a Finalist in the 2020-2021 Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Writing Contest. He lives and writes along the South Texas coast with his wonderful wife Nahemie and young son Dylan.