Saturday, January 14, 2017

On Becoming Eloquent





On I Becoming Eloquent


I had to 
            come into a lighter shade of café au lait
            from my father’s side
            be designated the boy
           
Mom had to
            take on all other roles
            ensure my teeth fell before they grew crooked
            confirm I passed my courses at the university
   so I wouldn’t have to become a farmer

I had to
            reject Mom’s dream
            of me becoming a lawyer
            and major in English
            with a minor in Acting


Dad has to
            not faint
  when he sees me
  at Trump’s Inauguration  
                   wearing my bright black stilettoes 

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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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