Thursday, January 05, 2017

The Cold

The Cold

The first suitor gives you a bird
with yellow plumage, a gray and sharp beak.
The tone of the feathers dazzles you, amazes you.
Its texture caresses you already.
You find the color, you don't really like, exquisite.
But you think you might love it, enjoy it.
A beautiful animal, but its song is brief,
almost like a chirp and it never stops, it distresses you.

A second suitor places his hand on your cheek.
Then your exposed skin gathers a tremor
without anguish on those fingers, a desire that changes
on that hand to the shape it cannot change to on the lips.
You look into each other's eyes and an insane
embarrassment fills your cheeks with purple feelings.
Your hair fenced with implacable relentless hairpins
flaunts you differently: you're not a girl anymore.

You drink from the glass set before you at the table,
with fineness, with firmness, with hunger.
The drink tastes flavorful and you enjoy it.
It's sweet and haunted with a volatile liquor
that will transform your breath into perfume.
You talk and the wooer sleeps to dream you're talking.

Naive, whatever you believe, is nothing more than an illusion.
The words you hear are new dresses for very old fevers.
Your beauty does not matter because that does not matter,
or it only interests as long as it persists or is sufficient.
Your treasure shines like a trembling light.
Insects surround its immediate heat.
From afar I watch you. Callous. I do not participate.
The cold that bristles, are my folded arms.

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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.