Postcards to Michael



Dear Michael,

the secret love

only you and I know about

worries me. It cruises

through Amsterdam’s canals, lost;

it’s in the slow demolition

of the ceiling; the naked children

shaking in the morning dew;

whales coming to die in New York City.

The hunter’s arrow pierces

my most silent sensibility.

My inconclusive poems

are dying of neglect;

and I have a throbbing

headache. Please,

come back home

as soon as possible.



I’m lifting

you up from the floor

like a feather,

laying you

between two sheets

of my favorite


whose pages

I’ll gradually

seal and

hide away

in the attic




You’d disappear into a cobweb

and not even my mouth,

which played

with your groin

and your abdomen,

slid down your hair, your neck,

the surface of your skin,

could bring you back.


photo courtesy of Meg Charlier

Sergio Ortiz is a retired educator, painter, poet, and photographer. He has a B.A. in English literature, and a M.A. in philosophy. Flutter Press released his debut chapbook, At the Tail End of Dusk, October 2009. Ronin Press released his second chapbook, topography of a desire, May 2010. Avantacular Press released his first photographic chapbook, The Sugarcane Harvest, May 2010. His third chapbook, Bedbugs in My Mattress, was released by Flutter Press, November 2010. He was recently published, or is forthcoming in: Exercise Bowler, MungBeing, and Guerilla Pamphlets.  He is a nominee to the 2010 Sundress Best of the Net Anthology, and a 2010 Pushcart Nominee.