Cynthia Cruz

The Birthday Ceremony
January 10, 2013 Cruz Cynthia

The Birthday Ceremony


Seventeen rooms of long maroon

Tables, of endless


Raspberry cream cake,

Cheap California


Champagne, and stacks of magazines and childhood



On the pale pink plush.

White as milk, and cold


As the hand of God,

That locked empire


With its slumber of ghosts, its dead

Engines. The uncanny


Always comes back. What white darkness: pearls,

Porcelain, and medicine.


The mansion of childhood

Is shattering.


A sentinel, I stand at the entrance

To the burning fortress.

Cynthia Cruz is the author of five collection of poems including her most recent, Dregs, published this fall from Four Way Books. Her first collection of essays, Disquieting: Essays on Silence and Power, will be published in 2018 by BookThug. Cruz is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and a Hodder fellowship from Princeton University.