Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Naked Letter

Naked Letter


Today, tired of the birds
I renew myself in mirrors.

There’s a self-drawn sketch of rice on my forehead,
a small sorrow.
This sorrow is not you or me
it’s that unhappy desert of what we never say.
Today, tired of the birds
I cut my wings &
my voice no longer flies.

Today, a tiger devoured my wings,
an old disgruntled tiger
       —   you drank the blood of a body that is not mine,
that disappears like smoke,
that resembles the roar of the sea
who has not slept either.

You are real,
the rest is on me.

P.S.    Does my letter tremble in your hands?
          The pain was just too much to experience on my own.

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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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