Monday, January 09, 2017

From the Food to the Playlist

From the Food to the Playlist

I remember putting on
Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out live
the day before you fell, Mom,
I indicated which songs you did
and did not like
while preparing Creole Chicken and Rice.

I don't know why I insisted you eat the beetroot.
You didn’t want to eat
beetroot and carrot cooked without seasoning
―as if with that mixture, I thought,
while I bringing the food to your mouth
and listening to The Most Beautiful Thing by Eros Ramazzotti,
I could heal you.

I wake up in the middle of the night
and head to my brother's bedroom,
turn on the light,
ask him to play Julia from the Beatles
loud enough for Mom to hear.
Without saying anything he jumps out of the sheets,
takes the guitar from the case and plays Julia.
Then he pushes it back in the case, 
and turns off the light switch.
I stay for a few minutes in the dark.
Walk down to the first floor
and microwave my Jumbalaya.

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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.