"Fuck a wall, America should build a big mirror."
We hope the dead reconcile
with the dead, so they may achieve
position among their peers.
May the student and the lady in a Stetson
make the same mistakes.
And the victim cross the street
side by side with his eternal executioner
without recognizing him.
Shadows or ghosts, both shall pass.
On the sidelines, the feast of the living
is still happening. Listen to the slight music
of the mountains of exile in silence
and don't look back.
This, and not another, is our story:
The time contemplated in the fissures of the sand,
The slow ripening of deserts without limit.
-Sergio A. Ortiz
Sergio A. Ortiz is the founding editor of Undertow Tanka Review. He is a two-time Pushcart nominee. He is currently working on his first full length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard. His poems have been published by The Accentos Review, Heavy Feather Review and Angels Flight, literary west to name a few.