Monday, February 20, 2017



Your crystal-clear body
in the sunlight
still in its dream stage.
I stop to pick up your breath
and hear other songs.

You stand by a window and sulk.           
I reassure you there is nothing
to worry about. Your eyes sink
to the ground as I walk away.

A tear descends on daybreak.
For your benefit forgetfulness
and passion remain tattered.

I leave you in the middle of your moment
and come back to mine. I set aside
this fool’s paradise
and revert to being a name.

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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.