To return to what we were as children
we must grow inside
as light filtered through sorrow.
Devour the rivers that whiten the memory.
Listen to the cries of flowering trees.
Fly kites with colored arms at the seashore
then sit and watch the afternoon sun
as it sets in our pockets.
Sergio A. Ortiz is a retired English professor and bilingual queer poet. A Pushcart nominee, Best of the Web, and 2016 Best of the Net nominee. He took second place in the 2016 Ramón Ataz annual poetry competition, sponsored by Alaire Publishing House. His recent credits include Spanish audio poems in GATO MALO Editing, Maleta Ilegal, Frances House, South Florida Poetry Journal, Communicators League, RatsAssReview, Spillwords and several other journals.