Friday, July 22, 2016


El Convento Hotel in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico


I am an amorphous seed
and words are my lair.
My eyes grow in disarray
to the rhythm of elderly sounds
surrounding me.
I was born without a truce.
Empty of gods, I wait for night
to turn into dust, but I can’t leave your eyes.
Silent and extinct, I dwell in your grooves,
and review my confinement within your borders.
Outside of you I am transparent,
lightweight, tiny. In your autumn skin—
dry moon— I fall apart between your legs.
You breed my throat from point to point.
I sprout from you.

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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.