Poems by Sergio Ortiz

Tropical Rain

Day purge, night cleansing,
tropical rains open

bodies to hundreds of eyes.
Bodies overcome by light

withdrawn from murderess skin,
devour waves of sunshine.

Reinvent ablaze amaryllis
flowers floating on static waters.

Bodies, rainwater, adrift
on a silent surf.


Sitting on My Corpse

I’m picking up
the pieces,

disabled, winged
in agony,

the latent bottom
of my illness.

Bodies like mine



flesh and bones
already ancient.

Sergio Ortiz 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. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in FRIGG, Tipton Poetry Journal, Drunk Monkeys, and Bitterzeot Magazine. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.