Saturday, October 15, 2016

Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, this one's for you!



Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, this one's for you!


You're already a forest.
There are dolphins, 
lakes, and impossible 
loves inside you named Dylan 
sitting at my table.

When someone 
mentions your name 
in the future, 
empty houses 
brim with people.

Have you forgotten
it was happiness 
that first plowed my heart,
a storm in an empty glass of water.

When fear and hopelessness arrive
and the Cherry blossoms fall
on muddy ground,
you'll hear me scream 
like a gull or a woman

who knows moving forward
is to be left alone.
When all this happens
remember the tambourines
and the way rain 
turns into trees.

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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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