Monday, April 17, 2017

The Day I Die - NaPoWriMon 2017 entry !

The Day I Die

Everything here is silence ...
The church bells, hushed.                                     

I can’t hear my mother calling us to dinner.
That rumor of doors which announced

your entry is mum.
Cicadas won’t come to wake me,

nor will the cold force me to your arms.
Here, where my lifeless body lies,

I miss the awful noise of the clock.
I understand the cries which bring

the best news of the day, I'm not
under the morning sun with pregnant eyes.

I won't give cheers to the passing hours.
My heart no longer beats on that side of time.


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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.