Sunday, February 26, 2017

Deadly Mirror

Deadly Mirror

Inconclusive thoughts,
what I hear inside my head.

My imagination flutters like a swallow,
and cries like a hungry baby.

I sit and play the saxophone
in self-contemplation.  The mirror

tells the truth, but not enough
to merit constant thought.

I am folding inward over and over.
Six inches of words

and I am betrayed, hypnotized
into believing I achieved

all there is to achieve in this art form.
So, I start a new contemplation

of the swallow, and I listen to fragmented
phrases, read life studies,

and notebooks, of his memoirs,
the flowers that sustain all of earth.

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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.