celebrates with hats
and open windows.

Terror flies off the cycle.

Mountaintops throw birds
in each other's faces.
Hope dawns in airports,

under the vault,
shedding light of so
many centuries.

Love and patience,
central columns.
We rub our hands

and laugh. We wash
our eyes and play.

Sergio A. Ortiz is a two-time Pushcart nominee, a six-time Best of the Web nominee, and 2016-17 Best of the Net nominee. His chapbook, An Animal Resembling Desire, will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2018. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.