Rigorous
Volume One, Issue 3



Sergio A. Ortiz


Last Truth

to Republicans in US Congress
on repealing ACA

The wind moans
among dry grasslands.

Monster, lovely-haired creature
devours my flesh.

Born too soon vermin
bellows to god.

A specter rises, heavy
with loneliness, probing the past.

Paper castles,
deadly derechos,

you will glow in the dark.




There was crime

in your eyes,
piercing truths gallop
in the air like absolute nonsense.

Your absence, a precise trauma.
There were litanies, erased,

deleted invocations, maps,
ashstorms

that still hurt my lungs.
Patience was happy with impatience.

You tried the calm,
but committed the crime,

in your eyes, your pupils.
You don’t need to explain.

An old adios
is never forgotten.


Sergio A. Ortiz: "I am 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. My poems have appeared or are forthcoming in FRIGG, Tipton Poetry Journal, Drunk Monkeys, and Bitterzeot Magazine. I am currently working on mys first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard."




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