Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Broken flowers and Days of violence

Idris doesn't need a last name

Broken flowers and Days of violence

Where do I place my dead?
My skin is full of holes,
clumsy, dark holes filled with dead bodies.
Where do I put these faces,
these hands? My memory is already
brimming with death.
It’s not enough to shout, march
through the streets carrying your portraits
for those empty of light to see.
Hitmen gag those who suffer
with chains, with more than chains,
with hate, a thick, putrid hate.
They masturbate on our chests, panting,
moaning while they polish our heads.
Decapitated days are howling
while hitmen leave the city
roaring with laughter.

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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.