Friday, October 30, 2015

every time tanka

every time
I'm with you I feel
sought after
who do you think you are
amassing my feelings 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

the stretch tanka

the stretch
of life I have left
before me . . .
not even redwoods
live forever

we met tanka

we met
someplace between
his world
and mine forgetting
how taxing winter could be

hunger tanka

drips from my mouth
dance with me,
heal the scars
of my cancer

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Nocturne tanka sequence


you are
my melody of light...
the place
where I tuck away
my hope for a blue sky

I gather you up
like a bouquet of daisies
to count your petals,
whisper softly into your ear
about the autumn breeze

at night
you’re awake in your star
your hearing
is harmony, your nudity
the sea’s equal

we met tanka

we met
someplace between
your world
and mine forgetting
how taxing august could be

hunger tanka

drips from my mouth
like melted snow--
dance with me,
heal the scars of evil

Friday, October 16, 2015

friend of my shadow tanka

I am
the friend of my shadow
we bow
with the season, chop wood
to keep us warm in winter

soy tanka

compañero de mi sombra
sus memorias sobre piedras mojadas
cortamos leña para el invierno 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

you are tanka

you are 
my malady of light...
the place 
where I keep
my hope of a blue sky

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I traveled tanka

I traveled
on a wet road
in the dark
why did you leave me alone 
under this winter sky

dreaming tanka

under a white poplar--
I sing alone,
find nothing more
than what I bring

I travel tanka

I travel
on a wet road
in the dark
the poem I never wrote
comes to life

Sunday, October 11, 2015


autumn drizzle,
faded leaves dancing
with my shadow

your lips tanka

your lips
caressing my lips-- 
a tsunami 
equiped with guns
and roses and tears

Friday, October 09, 2015

you are safe tanka

you are safe
on my trail of tears...
didn't know
I loved you until
I saw you dancing disco

craddle me tanka

craddle me 
with your soothing hands
to the pluse
of Africa on my skin

Thursday, October 08, 2015

on the day tanka

on the day 
the world ends 
salmon swim 
upstream... I start 
a bonfire by your side

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

under lock and key tanka

you don't have to
keep it under lock and key
if I risk it all
will you break
          my fall?

Saturday, October 03, 2015

you nailed tanka

you pinned 
wings on my back
and I flew
into your dreams
like a hologram

alas en mi espalda
y volé
hacia tus sueños
como un holograma

frost bitten leaves tanka

I used to paint
frost bitten leaves--
I was sad,
aimless like a river
an empty coffer

Friday, October 02, 2015

I am a rock tanka

for Yehia 

I am a rock
breathing with the lungs
of a lunatic…*
a twenty first century teacher
tying your shoelace

*Adonis - ‘A Mirror for The Twentieth Century’

for Yehia tanka

for Yehia 

you are a book
written on the stalk
of a cedar
a phoenix hidden
in a wild flower

to the first person tanka

to the first person
that helps me set sail
I plan on
giving them the sky
and my understanding

Thursday, October 01, 2015

talk to me baby somonka - two tanka

talk to me baby

I lock myself up behind
open doors...
either I'm yours
or I belong to the wind

give me an excuse
something I can swallow…
don't worry
baby, today is Sunday
God is resting

give me an excuse tanka

give me an excuse
something I can swallow
don't worry
today is Sunday
God is resting

you are the sun tanka

you are the sun
that does not let me see...
it can't be,
how can it be?
I'm like the earth you walk on

I lock myself up behind open doors tanka

I lock myself up behind
open doors...
it's that I'm yours
or I belong to the wind

painted on the wind - somonka - two love tanka

there's nothing
more beautiful than what
I've never had--
I search for a full moon
scratching the sea

someplace between
my pillow and my bed
love was a bird
on the wing wrapped
around your nape

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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.