Friday, December 09, 2016

What do I have If I don’t have The Blues

What do I have If I don’t have The Blues

I sailed the sea in an unknown course
via my hands where love dwelt,
and had a kingdom.
Where dripping stars on clean shoulders
showed truth. One breeze left
without a destination. Where a woman
institutes a kiss, trees prostrate to winter.

It isn't necessary to say,
the heart without being a tear
can darken the face.

I leaned my elbows on the past,
and without looking, your absence
penetrated my chest to lick my heart.

The air, a hand that scanned my forehead.
My forehead, where the moon was an inscription,
a voice sculpting its dustbin.

It wasn't necessary to cloud loneliness
with the dust of a dissolved kiss.
It wasn't necessary to memorize the night in a tear.

There are crayons in the form of time,
water glasses where the evening floats in silence.
There's a tree branch like the carved arm of abandonment.

Winter hibernates inside my heart.
I wait for the unwritten letter
where forgetfulness names me its heir.

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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.