ISSUE 5: Poets In Unity - Responses to the Election of Donald Trump / POETRY

“How To Be Eloquent” by Sergio Ortiz

I had to

come into a lighter shade of café au lait
from my father’s side
be designated the boy

Mom had to

ensure my teeth fell before they grew crooked
confirm I passed my courses at the university
so I wouldn’t have to become a farmer

I had to

reject Mom’s dream
of me becoming a lawyer
and major in English
with a minor in Cinematography

Dad has to

not faint
when he sees me
at Trump’s Inauguration
wearing my bright red stilettos


Sergio A. Ortiz is a gay Puerto Rican poet and the founding editor of Undertow Tanka Review. He is a two-time Pushcart nominee, a four time Best of the Web nominee, and a 2016 Best of the Net nominee. He is currently working on his first full length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.


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