Sunday, February 26, 2017

A Litany for Survival




A Litany for Survival


An elephant walked into my bedroom
reciting a litany for survival. 
She spoke about her mother and sister
having died too many deaths
that were not their own.
About winter people
taking off their blood masks
and monuments for the children of war.
About hunger and blind feet
trying to find their way to the sun.
About a greedy black unicorn
captive in Australia.
About having two faces
and a simmering frying pan
ready to cook up her daughters.
She spoke about men with stone eyes
fucking in the hallway,
Said the hall was covered
with beggars she couldn’t step over.
Perhaps, she wasn't meant
to survive after all.

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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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