Wednesday, June 07, 2017



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.

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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.