ACROSS THE OCEANS I (ISSUE 6)

ACROSS THE OCEANS I (ISSUE 6)

 

WITCHING THE WORLD
By Sergio A. Ortiz

 

Real loneliness is like a window

from wherein you cannot hear a thing.

 

My loneliness is the tracks

at a train crossing, a damnation

 

of gunfire and impact. In silence

my name: the instant at which the gods

 

finally forget to call. I keep thinking,

sing to yourself and survive. Expand

 

to infinity like a deaf man expands

his voice in a dream.

 

 

ABYSSES

By Sergio A. Ortiz

 

I live between two abysses

The staggering patience

of him who walks far too long

to lean on the rail of a footbridge

―my only afternoon ceremony―

to watch the water roll by

And the enormous impatience

of him who wants to reach

the end zone at all costs

but only sees the size

of his insomnia

and jumps off the bridge

into your bosom

 

Sergio A. OrtizSergio 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 a 2016 Best of the Net nominee. He is currently working on his first full length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.

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