Sunday, May 29, 2016

Immense Magnolia Petal



Immense Magnolia Petal


I thought death was one more way of being
and not the other side of stones
I looked for the smile of my childhood under your face
and found your mother’s mourning glove
your words fell like marbles down the stairs of silence
to the foot of my soul
mummified by your gesture
earth opened to swallowed dawn birds
and a tide of fear covered you
death settled in the pores of day
and I, undaunted watchman,
witnessed the disintegration of the universe

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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.

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