POETRY
Dwelling
Sergio Ortiz

Photo by Andrew Ridley on Unsplash

Photo by Andrew Ridley on Unsplash

It continues to snow dust. 
The sun comes out of the closet.
Jays enter under the door
jumping over a line of air. 
The walls are flooded with salt.
The lightbulb swells, moans.
The bed’s in an earthquake.
A simultaneous scream
splits the silence.

I'm wet April,
April full of screams
and silences.
Today is the twentieth. 
My holiday. I'm buried
with the flowers inside.


* It’s my holiday because the man who harmed me when I was ten was murdered in jail on this date in 1990, after ruining the life of his seventh victim.
 


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. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.