Saturday, July 30, 2016

When you’re on the screen




When you’re on the screen


I thought I was a mermaid
with an overgrown tail and black eyes.
Your fingers, a sea of mirrors,
slit my body apart. I felt like a snail
full of anxiety, desiring to taste
your laughter, your thighs
from which windstorms of urgencies spring,
to tangled gannets in my mouth.
But this glass sun, this virtual camera  
of anguish does not live of seaweed
or salt. It walks away from the sea
to grovel in the reality
of you temporary nakedness.





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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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