Breath & Shadow
A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature
Flags, and other Wrappings
started the quilt
sewed while bathing
I stopped stitching
he drove a bulldozer
at Jose's welfare funeral.
stared at the unfinished patches
me to jail for protesting
got close when he lay in bed
studied him when a signature
made him quiver, shake, and think
about the funeral’s expense if he died
while the blotch of endearment on the piece
of white insignificance was still there.
Then. I quilted the names.
Ortiz has a B.A. in English literature from Inter-American University, and a M.A. in philosophy from World University. His poems have been published, or are forthcoming in: The Acento Review, Poesia, The Driftwood Review, Words-Myth, The Taj Mahal Review, and other journals and anthologies. His chapbook, At the Tail End of Dusk (2009), was published by Flutter Press.