Wednesday, November 09, 2016



when you cut the fabric
& I cut
the dry trunk,
I’ll tell myself
that we were made
to find ourselves
under the bower
of poplars.

We would both
have our eyes clean
to look
at the good
of what remains in us.
I want you to
shower for my wet hands,
& then in the sleeplessness,
know me again
contingent and fleeting.

I approached you,
I learned
that a man's body
is also a way
of understanding
the earth.
In you I always walked
crossing mountains,
tasting the exact flavors
of your fruit.

Let's walk
around the city
buy beer & tacos.
Or, get in my jeep
& be my flower
of smoke. Dance
like an agonizing deer
to preserve the memory.
of your footsteps
in the world.

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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.