another birthday, by Sergio A. Ortiz

another birthday
by Sergio A. Ortiz

bundled up
with the sweat of your body

free of doctrine
i touched myself

with natural softness
the years crumbled

in the twinkling of an eye

born-again naked
at sixty-seven

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 Valparaiso Poetry Review, Loch Raven Review, Drunk Monkeys, Algebra Of Owls, Free State Review, and The Paragon Journal. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.