Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Away from your Shores

Away from your Shores

Your ghosts play and look at me weird.
I plan an early escape from your disastrous shores.

You had nights with moon and shade,
nights with fire and windows,
nights of desiring to give
what you've never given.

To whom did you ever belong?
To no one,
and perhaps to nothing.

I regret escaping early from your shores
because we liked each other lying on the floor,
dragging our bodies like old Sequoias,
boneless, purely out of lust.

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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.