Thursday, May 12, 2016

Portrait at Sixteen


Joshua Villena

Portrait at Sixteen


Beardless, skinny, long-haired,
he makes love to everything:
the lark, the oak, the butterfly, the distance.
Days have no name or date,
they ignore the cage of hours,
they are the same as a desire,
can belong to yesterday or tomorrow.
The streets down there are an open hand,
between whose fingers the sun plays
to nail its fangs.
The deer bellows on the hill,
the yelp of the fox is heard—
their eyes go into the undergrowth
drunk with rain.
The sun yellows his face,
paints his hands westerly,
he leaves his shadow among the pines,
squashes the tiger on the floor.

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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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