The Hinge

the craft
of pouring myself
into pitchers.

cannot tolerate thirst
for long periods
of time, the thirst

that invaded my home
during the years
of submarginal

burned down
the charity bazaars
and school libraries.

Now my son
will inherit
a handful of ashes.



About the Poet:
Sergio A. Ortiz 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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