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What's At Stake

written by: Sergio A. Ortiz



beyond these shores
the noonday sun as harsh
as wind on Barrow Island--
a kingbird pecks
the head of an eagle

we stopped
catching cucubanos
on Constitutional Assembly day
and lifted our clenched fists
dripping with sadness

we entered
that summer heatwave
fluent in distrust--
whoever panics at the site of blood
panics at the cry for freedom

Sergio A. Ortiz

Sergio A. Ortiz

Sergio A. Ortiz is a two-time Pushcart nominee, a six-time Best of the Web nominee, and 2016/17 Best of the Net nominee. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Drunk Monkeys, Algebra Of Owls, Free State Review, and The Paragon Journal. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.
Sergio A. Ortiz

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