Thursday, April 20, 2017

I chose to be sea - NaPoWriMon entry 2017!!!




I chose to be sea

rather than rock. Be driven by wind,
without fear of succumbing
before the dark vertigo of cliffs.
Because after the fall,
I know the strength with which
my angry waves rise
and the whirlpools they form.

I know the soft foam that results from a burst
―thirsty lips fade when kissing your shores.
I hold in my chest fierce beasts
and witness love's embrace
with the swing of my music.

I'll bury corpses and dreams,
it will be worth this infinity of contradictions.
I know you will find me one day.
You'll ask the starlight to sail in the nights
and brave as Ulysses, face all the storms
to lead me to the shore where my crystalline body
dances for you on warm sands.
Your feet embrace my ephemeral caresses
with the desire to contain yourself
or return to my waters.  A sailor ashore
is a man lost to life.


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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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