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Special Project: 45 Poems: Reflection & Response

Two Poems by Sergio Ortiz
(Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, USA)

Forgive Me Mr. Trump
Let's Stay Home and Watch a Movie
Published October 1, 2017
Poetry by Sergio Ortiz in Eleventh Transmission
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Forgive Me Mr. Trump

by Sergio Ortiz

I will not shake your hand
You’re not my friend
I cannot welcome you
I want you to say you’re sorry
We’re not rapists (or slobs or dogs or pigs)
We only flee injustice.
I have a hammer. I have tears. I have a backbone.
The only thing I am giving you
is my disapproval.
I’ll turn my back
and walk away now.



Let's Stay Home and Watch a Movie

by Sergio Ortiz

What else can I say?
Blood gallops in the streets
and inside the White House
head first into the face
of an office manager.

Darts into the song of birds
and inside the malls downtown
Blood bolts everywhere.

We're not safe in the bathroom,
or buying chocolates!
We need a bodyguard to go to the florist
and if we dare say we want to visit a museum, uff,
we won't exist long enough to see
we're in the Blue House that's no longer blue,
nothing blue anymore, not even the sky
Everything turned violently red

blood sprinting in the streets
like the dirty hands of the president
like Red, Red Sunrise, and Red Mary

To see red houses, love,
we don't need to go that far

August 19, 2017.


Biography
Sergio A. Ortiz is a gay poet, a two-time Pushcart nominee, a four-time
Best of the Web nominee, and 2016 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.  
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