Friday, June 23, 2017

Night Sounds

Night Sounds

I hear ambulances pass,
their lights cross my brow,

rip night's velvet.
Silence pauses at a red light,

a note in a pentagram
of dark & bright streets.

I hear death limos speed away
with the saddest noise.

Maybe I am wrong not to climb
into one of them. Maybe my last

good move is to remain   
in your embrace

leave them to journey
through the night.

Poems Up at "The Passed Note" and FRIGG

Poems Up at "The Passed Note" and FRIGG

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Luego estás tú

Luego estás tú

ruido contenido,

Me caigo,
te lastimas,


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Before the full moon is in my hair

Before the full moon is in my hair

& the wheel of my skull
in the most scandalous & iridescent prayer
scratching itself under the mattress:
you said you were going to adore me

A hysterical hyena laugh emerged from the backlit
crucifix that hangs around my neck
Oh, how that cross hangs
Oh, how the poppy wants to cut words
go faster than a speeding bullet
but of course, without disrespecting

We have sacrificed so much
the sun rises & there is no remedy

We are awakened again
to support your gaze
mutual distances fall asleep

If nothing amuses us anymore
why force things

Let's do it for the lion and the whale
let the moon howl
& the calendars turn your cosmic wheel
if this is the end of the world 
then it must be a joke 

We cannot be so frank & shocking

as incomprehensible lizards
repeating themselves to rhododendrons

We will always shake the palm trees
a centuple centipede
continues gnawing at skulls

It'll know when to jump
into this cultural encounter
where we end up despising each other

Yes, he who does not like it
can put on his clothes & shake the semicircle

What difference does it make
why should we care …
oh, the glass of God
oh, the verse of God as God
and this fucking supernatural reverie

The Cyclops play
with the corpse of our sadness
in this dead goodbye

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Exit Door Behind the Bathroom

The Exit Door Behind the Bathroom

A sigh rising like a giant wave
as if it was not real.
We walked in & he closed the door.
Chair, bed, they crowded around me. 
He ran the curtain; the bed gave way to the chair.
It held my pants for a moment. 

Mouth ajar above me. He took me,
I sat next to him and sprawled, 
he climbed up, took my hand & slipped it 
between his buttocks. I got up 
trying to move a little & play. I fell again,
his mouth on me. He sucked too hard, I closed
my eyes, everything clouded.
I could not stand it, so I closed my eyes
to calm down inside, but he sucked too hard, 
too fast. Nothing came out, he gasped, 
his breath between my legs. I couldn’t see outside.
The curtain had covered the light.

He sat down, touched me up and down. 
I thought I had seen an extra finger 
on the palm of his hand.
Strong, too strong, it hurt.
I tried to fix my eyes on his mouth but 
I couldn’t stand it so, I got up. 
He had his hand on me, I sat down next 
to him. He started again, this time with his hand 
beating and squeezing. My hand
on his bare chest. My eyes fixed on his lips.
I was about to explode. He felt like an upright wave, 
a shadow behind the shadow, I was afraid
his lover had followed us here.

What if he knocks on the door, opens it, 
finds me semi-naked & erect in front of the bed?

Daniel kept touching me from top to bottom.
I kept hearing a bell outside. It rang for us. 
Already empty, nothing came from inside me.
He got up and ran the curtain. No one was there as there. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Map of a Mirage

The Map of a Mirage

The streets, the houses & the books,
the possessed rooms, the inviolate joy 
that inhabits gardens. Climate change, 
the enigma burning on the wall 
like a hunting trophy.

All this, nothing more than a blink, a mirage.
A foggy carnival, a congregation of elves, 
the light sleep of an ascetic in the desert.

The clocks have a mocking air about them here, 
the almanacs are true satires, doors & windows
close & open on the most confusing landfill.

Remoteness, a sonata to the ears.
Ah, the dream of the encounter was so short.
What are these trifle thoughts against eternity?

At the Train Station

At the Train Station

In another life, I was a child.
Crazy grass made me melancholic.
Runaway ponies taught me freedom.

I grew up inhabited by ghosts stuffed with promises.
Laughter was ruled by too much daytime.
I tried to open all my bags, repacked the past.
I played chess with love and desire
overwhelmed all heralds
& read the letters of the world
without permission.

I exasperated closed windows.
Haunted air took my lungs out for a stroll
vivifying the evening ceremony.
I became an expert in contemplation.
Memory was my favorite map
while rivers sailed in my pockets.

I sat at the station to shout forgotten memories
with other children as trains flashed by.
Big eyes were my political party.
Justice was unfaithful to us all.
I changed dew's booty with the demented image 
of an Elizabeth Bishop book of poems.

Died more than one eternity.
Looked at all the cities from the rooftops.
In the space of my voice,
it is always too early.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Stay Because You Want to Stay

Stay Because You Want to Stay

One more night
waiting for you to do more

& say less. A night of learning
that not all comes back to me.

One in a series of dusks
when not everything arrives

when time does not catch up
to the clock

& the heart does not wither.

It just tires.

You can Say my Name

You can Say my Name

but I prefer to listen 
to a rhino's monolog

or the dream of a salmon 
in the stomach of a bear.

Another city will be born
of ashes where a Cartesian man

can call me by my name.
I hear you laugh,

we do not understand.
Let's not listen to humanity

ask why mirrors were invented 
& thus, my existence was decided.

Ariana Grande - Side To Side ft. Nicki Minaj

Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj (English pronunciation: /nɪkɪ mɪˈnɑːʒ/), is a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter and model.[3][4][5][6][7] Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago (a district of Trinidad's capital Port of Spain) and raised in South Jamaica, QueensNew York, Minaj earned public attention after releasing three mixtapes between 2007 and 2009. She has been signed to Young Money Entertainment since 2009.
Minaj's first and second studio albums, Pink Friday (2010) and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), both peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and produced the successful singles "Super Bass" and "Starships", respectively. In 2010, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her third studio album, The Pinkprint (2014), was preceded by its second single, "Anaconda", which peaked at number two on the Hot 100 and is her highest-charting single in the U.S. to date. Minaj made her film debut in the 2012 animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift, followed by supporting roles in The Other Woman (2014) and Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016). In 2013, she was a judge on the twelfth season of American Idol.
Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List, with a New York Times editor saying that some consider her to be "the most influential female rapper of all time".[8] In 2016, Minaj was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.[9] Her rapping is distinctive for its fast flow and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney. Early in her career, Minaj was known for her colorful costumes and wigs. She has the most Billboard Hot 100 entries for a female artist in the chart's history, while being ninth overall.[10] Minaj has received ten Grammy nominations throughout her career, and has won six American Music Awards, eleven BET Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and was the recipient of Billboard's Women in Music 2011 Rising Star award. She has endorsed AdidasMAC Cosmetics and Pepsi. She has sold 20 million singles as a lead artist, and 60 million singles as a featured artist worldwide.[11]

Bruno Mars - That’s What I Like [Official Video]

Bruno Mars 

Born Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii, popular singer-songwriter Bruno Mars grew up in a very musical family. His father, Pete, was a Latin percussionist from Brooklyn, and his mother, Bernadette ("Bernie"), was a singer. Mars received his nickname, "Bruno," while he was still a baby. "The name Bruno came from baby times," older sister Jamie explained. "Bruno was always so confident, independent, really strong-willed and kind of a brute—hence the name Bruno—and it kind of just stuck."

In Waikiki Beach, Mars's family performed a Las Vegas-style revue that included Motown hits, doo-wop melodies and celebrity impersonations. Growing up around entertainers, Mars began picking up musical instruments from early childhood. "I've always had a drum set, a piano, a guitar ... and never got trained to play. It was just always there," he later recalled. "That's just how I learned, just being surrounded by it my whole life." At the age of 4, he joined the family musical act as an Elvis impersonator and quickly become one of the stars of the show. He continued to perform with his family throughout his childhood, and as he approached adolescence he added Michael Jackson to his impersonation repertoire.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Heart does not Wither but it Tires

The Heart does not Wither but it Tires

We are the hand raised against our time.
The wrath dreaming it could save mankind.
One boiling night. The actual meaning of death.

Ripped off arms never hug. Shattered legs cannot run.
Inattentive mouths do not smile.

We wanted to be more than just an epoch of bones,
more than a sunset of displaced shadows from their bodies.
Wanted to be useful, say what's right, constantly look
at beautiful. But not even the seed of serenity
reached its best shot.

Our desires became the songs of flies
feeding on dead arms. This day, a hollow bottle.
Life, a table full of empty days, defeated,
observed from distance by animals drunk on destiny.
The world, a tavern that does not open on Sundays.

Poem Up at Algebra of Owls

Poem Up at: Algebra of Owls, "On the Day of the Dead"



The thing to do 
when naught is left―
hold on to dreams, 
and after dreams
        to nothing.

Are you afraid of the wolf
who inhabited your nightmares?
Look at your teeth,
they're ready to devour him.

My friend discovers an invitation to mystery
where I see nothing but empty space.
When he sings, I ask him to be silent.
When he runs, I demand that he not move.
My friend always in the middle of life

while I’m barely more than a blind eye
looking at him without understanding.
Watch him run knowing I cannot reach him,
listen to him sing without grasping a word.

He with his rhythm in the middle of life.
I, saving the fall, hooked to his gaze.

To become a wrinkle 
is the condemnation of my friend.
For him, the beam of my heart,
good morning is a human right.

Poems accepted at a few places

My poems: accepted by Red Fez, PoetryCircle, Eunoia Review, Former People Journal, Futures Trading Lit. Some of them will be audios of me reading my poems.

when naught is left - tanka

when naught is left
the thing to do is
hold on to dreams
after dreams


Friday, June 09, 2017


I was honestly concerned he might lie
about the nature of our meeting
Comey before Congress

My chest is frozen, Frost Island.
In the face of God, there is no kiss
going for the coins & the prisoner
because yesterday he stole
the light that was leaving us.

I have returned shattered
by the snappers from your coast
the ones inhibiting your other shore
―distinctly to the plate & to the chair
you gave us at birth, but it's not over.

The cold darkness in your pantry,
the naked man that only thinks
of eating a piece of his own agony.

My chest is frozen
before the naive Archer of light
& the downpour of rain,
stag of the Fatherland.

Poem Up at Ascent Aspirations Magazine / Friday's Poems June 9, 2017

Poem Up at Ascent Aspirations Magazine / Friday's Poems June 9, 2017

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Dirty Poems

Dirty Poems


Death spread all over the street
penetrated the kitchen of my house
was impregnated with the smell of roasted meat
and shone on the cutlery arranged at the lunch table


Walking down or up the street 
you see a row of identical houses
nightmare faces appear in the windows

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Autobiography of Eyes

Autobiography of Eyes

The invisible, rooted in the cold, 
maturing towards that light
that dissipates in every other light. 
Nothing ends. Time returns 
to its beginning, the hour 
we breathe: like nothing, 
as if it could not see a thing.
It's not what it is.

At the edge of summer heat: 
blue sky, purple hill.
The distance that survives.
A house made of air, and the flow
of air in the air.

How are you stones
that are unrolled against the earth.
like the sound of my voice
in your mouth?



I feel anguish 
when breathing the smell 
of dead sex. The hangover 
of satisfied furtive pleasure 
arrives, I put away 
an unshakeable silence 
when I close my eyes.
The skeleton of my last kiss 
rests on your left thigh.
I set out to smoke on your lap
while I think about my short life.
Is there anything more important than this?
Beyond the dark glass of my window
birds sleep on an old tree.
They'll never know of your existence
under this white concrete sky,
my lovers’ firmament. Insects 
fight to the death in the mystical light 
of my lamp. What beauty! 
There is nothing more ephemeral 
than love, pierced by sex.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Night Bird

Night Bird

I ask for nothing 
of this land 
that has given me everything

I loved and hated its men
found my Adam he fled with a bodybuilder
as soon as I gained weight

I sought God 
and in his place found knowledge
I discovered a home in my body 

and since then 
moved from place to place
without desires  

this is my way
my destiny does not depend on luck
I am the night bird 
foretelling death in its song


Poem Up at *82 literary journal

Elton John - Tiny Dancer (Official Music Video)

Monday, June 05, 2017

Tipton Poetry Journal (Spring 2017) is now published - I have a poem in this publication

Tipton Poetry Journal (Spring 2017) is now published-I have a poem in this publication, on page 8, Don't ask Don't tell

Sunday, June 04, 2017

BETRAYAL - A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Betrayal and Being Betrayed - I have poems in this publcation

BETRAYAL - A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Betrayal and Being Betrayed has just been published and I have poems in this publication. The SIXTH in the Collections of Poetry and Prose book series.

Poem up at Wraith Infirmity Muses, A Literary Magazine

Poem up at Wraith Infirmity Muses, A Literary Magazine, "Our Father who Art in Heaven" I don't even remember writing this poem. Oh and, Karlo Sevilla, my friend from the Philippines is in it too.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Fifteen Doors to Silence

Fifteen Doors to Silence

Pain depends on the doors to silence.
Heavy syllables creep like body bags

full of calcined corpses and a neat bastard grammar,
a spelling that imposes its hopeless scorpion seal

on silence. It is not pleasant to die on a cross of ashes.
It gnaws on your muscles forever.

Maybe at door nine you'll find a bearable death,
fate on an altar of fireflies. But who are we cheating? 

Gate ten or fifteen should be a better choice.
Distant doors like the tip of the sun celebrate winter.

Although on second thought, what is it like to die 
tacked to a dead door? Maybe it is necessary to burn the ships 

and flee through an iron path to the mountains of widows.
To die is to walk the Bible in reverse.

Mi amigo que llaman “Atleta del Año”

Mi amigo que llaman “Atleta del Año

el que arenga sobre la solidaridad,
y el amor a héroes caídos
―te siento oxigeno
sin nadie que te respire.

Un silencio neurótico vanaglorioso
te hace relaciones publicas
en los cielos suicidas.

Friday, June 02, 2017



la gaviota
se zambulle
por el agua
como un ángel
de panza grande
y toma vuelo
hasta llegar a su sed
para limpiar
el oleaje
y comerse
a los inocentes

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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.