Three Poems

by Sergio A. Ortiz

The Problem with Traveling

Every time I’m at an airport,
I think I should change my life.
Behave according to my numbers,
set fire to disorder & crawl
below the radar like a Pitbull
― digging a hole
under the fence. I’d be woven
up to my neck, beautiful
beyond purchase, trusting
the creator, fixing my problems
with prayers & property.
I’d think of you, at home
with the dog, a field full
of purple buds― we are small
& defective, but I want to be
who I am,
going where I want to go
all over again.


I feel anguish
when breathing the smell
of dead sex. The hangover
of satisfied furtive pleasure
arrives, I put away
an unshakeable silence
when I close my eyes.
The skeleton of my last kiss
rests on your left thigh.
I set out to smoke on your lap
while I think about my short life.
Is there anything more important than this?
Beyond the dark glass of my window
birds sleep in an old tree.
They’ll never know of your existence
under this white concrete sky,
my lovers’ firmament. Insects
fight to the death in the mystical light
of my lamp. What beauty!
There is nothing more ephemeral
than love, pierced by sex.

Dirty Poem


Death spread all over the street
penetrated the kitchen of my house
was impregnated with the smell of roasted meat
it shone on the cutlery arranged at the lunch table


Walking down or up the street
you see a row of identical houses
nightmare faces appear in the windows

Sergio A. 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. 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s