The Things We Draw on Maps












 

 

 
 

The Things We Draw on Maps

 
 

There are men who write

where men don’t speak

 
peaceful revolts

which overthrow bloodthirsty kings
 

business men who give undeserved gifts

music in the middle of a battlefield

 
strawberries in the woods

people who meet & understand each other
 

amazing triumphs of love with no strings attached

There are small precarious paradises
 

along the path we walk

on the shore of a wild monstrous sea
 

where it smells like grilled fish

& festive laughter
 

where we play without rules and balance

in unison on large red hammocks
 

where we embrace & lose track of time.

Where we forget with cheerful vehemence

 

Sergio A. Ortiz

  

Sergio A. Ortiz is 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.  He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.

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