Friday, November 3, 2017

One Man's Maple Moon: Graffiti Tanka by Sergio A. Ortiz

English Original

let’s stamp life
with graffiti
after all, we're just
the so-and-so's of life ...
poetry is nothing more than rain

Sergio A. Ortiz

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

無名小卒的生活塗鴉 ...

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

来铭刻我们的人生 --
无名小卒的生活塗鸦 ...

Bio Sketch

Sergio A. Ortiz is a 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.

1 comment:

  1. The life purpose statement in the upper verse establishes the theme and mood while the unexpected yet emotionally poignant statement on poetry in the lower verse is layered with multiple meanings, one of which is that like rain, writing poetry can wash away all the graffiti of yesterday, making today's life anew.