Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Anatomy of Failure




Anatomy of Failure


My mother never forgot the sky
that illumined the square of my town.

She talked about the gazebo in front
train station, the aqueduct arches
which brought the turbid sound of water
in the mornings.

The mist reached her thoughts,
she listened to the young man's footsteps
as he swept the square
with his broom of mallows.

The light coming through the window
lit up her face. The bitterness
of her empty hands hurts.

No breath ever incited her hair.

My mother is an abandoned house.
My father was the one who lived inside.

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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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