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.

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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.