Sunday, April 02, 2017

Don't ask Don't tell - NaPoWriMo 2017 entry!

Don't ask Don't tell

could have worked
if you had a washer and dryer
at home, and you didn't
need to explain
to the Lady in Chief
at the laundromat
on Domenech Avenue
how your girlfriend was doing,
the one you brought to the apartment
with two kids, and another soldier.
The one you call your wife.

The Lady in Chief
who already believes
she's enemy forces
starts laughing.
She's sure she can siege la plaza.
Asks: Sure, but are those your kids?

That's when you want to pull out
of desert storms. Your stomach,
hurricane Berta, stirs up the heat.
At ease soldier,
is what you want to yell,
but self-love doesn't let you.

That's when the combat
halts, another army stops
the crossfire. Both troops
head for their quarters.
Ceasefire, eyes
on the televised broadcast.
Comments postponed,

the TV soup
is about to begin.


  1. holts? not halts?
    strong poem about a subject that needs air!

  2. Thank you for catching that one Judi!



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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.