Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Sand and the Forgotten on this Side of the Border




The Sand and the Forgotten on this Side of the Border

Fuck A Wall 
America should build a big mirror
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We hope the dead reconcile
with the dead, so they may achieve
a position among their peers.

May the student and the lady in a Stetson
make the same mistakes.
And the victim cross the street
side by side his eternal executioner
without recognizing him.
Shadows or ghosts, both shall pass.

On the sidelines, the feast of the living
is still happening. Listen to the slight music
of the mountains of exile in silence
and don't look back.

This, and not another, is our story:
The time contemplated in the fissures of the sand,
The slow ripening of deserts without limit.

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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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