Monday, December 12, 2016

Farewell to Black

Farewell to Black

Breaking bones 
with bones
that's how you left,
like bird’s leave
the colors of daylight.

There are taupe black marks
in the name you were given.

But these things stay,
mystery with its dim black shadow,
your deep enthusiasm for sadness,
                               the ebony black, 
                   deadly vertigo
that overpowered you,
like the tears I cry for myself.

The soul comes out of you
without recognizing sizes, figures.
You grope, embrace what is not.

Little by little life blew you upward,
hit and hurt you, crashing what was already stopped,
like before, like when you walked.

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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.