I am afraid, that’s right,
afraid of getting tangled in the barbwire of a dream
afraid of your arms shaped like golden bars.
Remember what other winters meant to you:
ships arriving without a single casualty,
remember the wind, softening the corners.
the white corals
in your eyes
the scintillating blows
to your temples
the wave that erases the sparkle
in your pupils
the tapestry of rotting flowers
the delicate aroma
of your armpits
the equestrian turtle
of your fingers
sailing across my skin
Sergio A. Ortiz is an educator, poet, photographer, and painter living in San Juan Puerto Rico. He is a four-time nominee for the 2010-2011 Sundress Best of the Web Anthology, and a two-time 2010 Pushcart nominee. His collections of Tanka, For the Men to Come (2014), and From Life to Life (2014) were released by Amazon and Createspace as well as his full print collection of poems: At the Tail End of Dusk (2014). His collection of poems in Spanish, A La Orilla Lenta De Un Ocaso, was also released by Amazon and Createspace (2014).