Two poems by Sergio Ortiz

​We, the poets of the Waka tradition

some times get married
and when our demanding spouse
puts us through the rag
we flee from the conjugal house,
with the healthy purpose
of walking the dog
or filling the kettle with evening water
from the river Placid.

The Hinge

              Forgive
the craft
of pouring myself
into pitchers.

Water
cannot tolerate thirst
for long periods
of time, the thirst

that invaded my home
during the years
of submarginal
words.

Burglars
burned down
the charity bazaars
and school libraries.

Now my son
will inherit
a handful of ashes. 

Sergio A. Oritz is a gay 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.

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