Tuesday, May 30, 2017

There is a pain - so utter -

There is a pain - so utter -
It swallows substance up -
Emily Dickinson, poem 599

The windows open
to the guardianship of the sun.

But there is distant smoke
in its presence, traces of an aftermath,

a landslide of fumes vacating
the shredded heart,

a porous sea, a sliding window
that gifts much more than a casual stare.

It accumulates its truth
in a coffer of reasons.

The smoke is just a shortcut,
an empire of anxiety.

Windows resist
but they’re so lazy, they never close.

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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.