Saturday, September 03, 2016

Wake Up Paper Man





Wake Up Paper Man


Wake up and hear my voice!
I am your weightless brother
hiding in your shadow, a drunk kiss,
the nightmare of a god, a spider
in heat. I am the nameless beast
that follows your footsteps,
lethal, absurd. I never believed
In your freedom.

Worship me in altars made of pitchforks and whips.

Wait for me in your dreams,
your tears, your anger.
I’ll wait for you warm and loving
so that together we lower
the curtain of blood and skin.

Take the hand that awaits you
since you lit the first fire
and follow your own forgotten darkness.

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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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