Saturday, January 07, 2017

Death does not let you say Goodbye

Death does not let you say Goodbye

Let no one come tell me I am guilty of this or that.

True, the noise of knees falling on ground
embellishes the soul, the noise of teardrops
on blackened grass paves the way
to what is always a return.

Let no one come with his bouquets
of dry flowers to leave on the grave
where there should be a corpse, but there is no corpse,
only eyes who know how terrible it is to look at nothing.
So, let no one come to reveal what was disclosed before.

Don't come to build walls around the house of the one
who before being young was already old.

Let no one stir the evil word whose center is an abyss,
whose edge is a storm.

Don't try to close the sutured wound, or bring evil violins
to sweeten the unhealthy melody recognized
by my agonizing chest: the asthma where my winter rears
its dark birds, grows its fields of fog, 

that night and day
can no longer wait, it wants to be closed.

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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.