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It was at some church retreat in the 50’s. She said something about Christ’s resurrection. They started to gossip about the impress of Christ’s vanishing. The meeting ended and they folded their wooden chairs. She matched his telling with listening, and more listening. Whatever the case, she listened. Everyone, except my grandmother, found him impossible, including me, especially me. He scuffed the wind with his sneaky nature, offended the rotting oaks by the solemn river bank every time he got near my mother. But there was little I could do. I’ve waited this long to say: Mother, it was your failure. Up to the very end, you failed to see him for what he truly was.
I feel like I must be honest, this month’s poetry entries at
Poetry Foundation.org were very poor. I
did not enjoy a single poem they published. I think it is time for them to hire new submission editors.
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.