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Poetry: "The Wolf with Flowers" by Tanya Sangpun Thamkruphat

A wolf walked into a city. His fur was flanked with nested flowers, from the tip of his nose to the

end of his tail. Women and men screamed and scrambled to hide when they saw the wolf.

However, the children gazed and giggled at the wolf. The wolf slowly stepped toward the city

center like a soft spring breeze. In the city center, there was a grandiose flower garden. The wolf

adored flowers. He loved placing plucked flowers into his fur. Flowers lulled him into a state of

serenity. The children followed him like excited pups. They helped him pick, pull, and plant the

perfumed flowers into his fur. The wolf grinned, his glee ungluing his lips. When his fur could

not cradle any more flowers, the wolf, in a trance, trotted out of the city with a smile hanging on

his face and the sun slumbering on his back. The children waved farewell to the wolf, wishing

him nothing but eternal days filled with flowers.

Tanya Sangpun Thamkruphat is a Thai-Vietnamese American poet. Her poetry has appeared in Button Poetry and Z Publishing House. Her poetry chapbook, Em(body)ment of Wonder, was released by Raine and Rose Co. in 2021. Currently, she lives with her two feline overlords and her partner in Southern California. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram at madamewritelyso.

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