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?

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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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