Thursday, March 15, 2012

Shading the Dark

Shading the Dark

The whirr of blood sucking bats
tempers the evening with ebony air

I’ve wondered about you across
those white stones, dressed

in black, coat and boots.  Your dark hair
stirred by a vortex of wind, your eyes piercing

my chest until I can hardly breathe.  My hands
extended to capture the chill of your pale face.

I thought the season had turned its back on me
and I could hear the gulls cry as we strolled

through red-mottled relics.  I thought you
were bigger than life, but now I realize

you were a peasant with nothing more than
good fortune, and the knowledge of mimicry. 

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Sergio A. Ortiz is a Puerto Rican poet and the founding editor of Undertow Tanka Review. He is a two-time Pushcart nominee, a four-time Best of the Web nominee, and 2016 Best of the Net nominee. 2nd place in the 2016 Ramón Ataz annual poetry competition, sponsored by Alaire Publishing House. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sergio A. Ortiz es poeta puertorriqueño que escribe en inglés y español. Actualmente trabaja en su primera colección de poesía, Elephant Graveyard, Cementerio de Elefantes. Ha sido nominado al premio Pushcart en dos ocasiones, al Best of the Web en cuatro ocasiones, y al Best of the Net, 2016. 2do lugar Premio Ramón Ataz de Poesía, 2016. Sus poemas han aparecido, o están por aparecer, en revistas literarias como: Letralía, Chachala Review, The Accentos Review, Resonancias, por mencionar algunos.