Sunday, July 16, 2017

Burned Memoirs




Burned Memoirs


I've kept them for so long
they smell like scandal.
One after another
they rhapsodized our days
with unimaginable desires,
forbidden wines
that never ripened
poured on the dregs.

Burned in the backyard
they no longer mean anything
only the coal of years
or perhaps your fruit, supposed nest
of tenderness, barely the blade
of a paper flag
blackened by polluted winds.

The photographs responsible
for the ferocity of earth
multiply inside my memory
like your skin once agitated
my breathe.

You're nothing, I'm nothing,
this never happened
and for the time being
the always treacherous memory
will be our dubious shore.

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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.

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