Forgetfulness by Sergio Ortiz
I’ve seen oversights of all sizes
at the bottom of things,
much longer than shadows.
Oversights down by the tree that runs
and along the river that grows,
oversights in the hands that clench
the breasts fleeing the present.
Oversights that come to meet us
in the form of bodies and small silences.
I’ve seen oversights before I lie in bed
and forgetfulness over forgetfulness
in the loving movement.
I’ve made a life of forgetfulness.
a path of oversights,
a work of oversights.
The day I die will not be
the day of my death,
it’ll be the day of my forgetfulness.
The oversight of my beginning
will join the oversight of my ending,
and everything inside and outside
of me will be forgotten.
© 2016 Sergio Ortiz
Sergio A. Ortiz is the founding editor of Undertow Tanka Review. His collections of Tanka, For the Men to Come (2014), and From Life to Life (2014) were released by Amazon. He is a two time Pushcart nominee and a four time Best of the Web nominee.