These Gangrenous Days

There are two of us. One soft and white, the other unbreakable,
yet forgetful. These days I never blame them. All I want is to listen
to him say how much he loves me.

he’s been
iron butterfly
dipped in lavender
mother of
Lesbos islands

grape picker
whose stalks are buried
deep in my arse
he fears the evening Angel
of forbidden words

his heart is a turquoise
ocean from where I call
his name
Cavafy I am tearing
down these walls

for any man as fragmented as you
should be able
to satisfy
my need for strong tropical flowers
penetrating my warm coffin

Sergio A. Ortiz is a retired educator, poet, and photographer. He has a B.A. in English literature, and an M.A. in philosophy. Flutter Press released his debut chapbook, At the Tail End of Dusk, October 2009. Ronin Press released his second chapbook, topography of a desire, May 2010. Avantacular Press released his first photographic chapbook: The Sugarcane Harvest, May 2010. His third chapbook: Wet Stones and Bedbugs in My Mattress, will be released by Flutter Press, November 2010. He was recently published, or is forthcoming in: Fried Eye, Shot Glass Journal, Cavalier Literary Couture, and Touch: The Journal of Healing. He is a three-time nominee to the 2010 Sundress Best of the Net anthology, and a 2010 Pushcart nominee.

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