Nobody answers the door.
Where should I go?
At the end of the road,
I asked the rain for directions
Lonely body got wet.
Knocked on the sun
Clouds showed up
Asked the stars
The moon didn’t give permission.
Around the corner lonely body sees a sign
Find your own way back.
My name is Juana M. Ortiz. I recently graduated from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. I received a bachelor degree in communication, with a concentration in print journalism and a minor in English. Currently, I am working on my first book.
I worked for the campus’ newspaper. My poems, articles, haiku, personal essays, and translations have appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Quit Mountain Essays, ThisAbledNation.org, and Mi Revista, a Spanish language monthly published in my native Dominican Republic.