FORGOTTEN, Sergio Ortiz

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.

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Barking Sycamores is a literary journal entirely edited and operated by queer neurodivergent people of color. We publish poetry, artwork, short fiction (beginning with Issue 3), creative nonfiction (beginning with Issue 8), and hybrid genre work (beginning with Issue 9) by emerging and established neurodivergent writers as well as essays on neurodiversity and literature and book reviews (beginning with Issue 10).

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