Monday, July 29, 2013

he touched my hand

he touched my hand
and for a cold moment
I was a woman. . .
lips trembling with awe, 
whispering lies

Thursday, July 25, 2013

two tanka

the dead 
gather white shadows 
from the past. . . 
real marionettes 
have no strings

a certain kind of Eden 
holds me thrall. . . 
your eyes
are a green twine,
the saddest rope

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


found a tongue
to haunt me. . .
sweat between the breasts
of sloe-eyed strippers

Sunday, July 21, 2013


no one believes
in their own life anymore
that's why
they're exiled from my eyes,
unable to find their own nakedness

so fearfully pale,
a lily bends to the breath
of the wind. . .
standing adrift
in the ruins of sorrow

Monday, July 15, 2013

Trayvon Martin

a grave in the sky. . . 
a black boy 
walks through a quiet 

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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.