Saturday, January 07, 2017

The Man on the Beach




The Young Man on the Beach


Without touching the ground
his feet almost water, glide, very slowly
on the brown sand's tinted foam.

It is almost noon, above him the gulls
sashay sweetly. The sea that created fury
on the stones, does not dare do the same
on his feet, it recoils, it does not return
but in slow drops of dew, a less greedy blue.

The wind plays its music, its cooing and turns
into an impossible lover who finds in sadness
the precise reason for attempting to put him sleep,
to charm him, to make him its dream, its delight.

Fragile as a branch about to break
he clings to the old trunk, that way the wind
binds to his deepest root, his hair waving
like the flag of an exquisite country.

Svelte as the air walking on tiptoe
through tall palm trees, minimal as the cold,
as the heart dawning in his most intimate light,
immense as the sky that dwells in his pupils,
becoming the word that day whispers
to the ancient centuries. The name of his pride.

In his bathing suit, so naive, so simple,
without suspecting what happens on his thrown,
or noticing, if anything, the warmth of water,
the slow gulls that wander sweetly above him.

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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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