This Friday
is an indelicate

It neither shouts

nor kisses
nor frightens

nor hugs.
It contains rage,

does not let it out.
It is a hand

that dances in the nude
and is sought.


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, Loch Raven Review, Drunk Monkeys, Algebra Of Owls, Free State Review, and The Paragon Journal. His chapbook, An Animal Resembling Desire, will be published by Finishing Line Press. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of
poems, Elephant Graveyard.

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