Forgotten by Sergio Ortiz He arrived from Lebanon ready to repair and sell carpets. Gold and ruby fibers put the mystery of time to rest. He doesn’t know the twentieth century will part like a blizzard, same as every other. When night barges in without hands ticking won’t be necessary ―mountains and magical mango trees will shed the last light of a lost recollection. Blood says nothing of his Maronite prayers or of his grief in an old Kobayat alley where he scattered his childhood. A longing for an Arabic call to prayer is rare.
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 FRIGG, Tipton Poetry Journal, Drunk Monkeys, Bitterzeot Magazine, and ONE, Jacar Press. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.