Saturday, June 25, 2016

Enough for today

Enough for today

I’m going to sleep on a piece
of burning burlap, the blade of a mill.

I have a light that dazzles, a reptile,
and a package of fava beans.

I have lost,
but to have an opening, a perfect hole,

makes up for what is lost. When I write
the graffiti of my grief I have the arrogance

to summon a downpour.
That’s why I’m stronger than the void.

I don’t know how banks
made off with my country,

an island
of castaway Jonahses.

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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.