Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Summer 2015

Volume 12 Issue 3



Three Tanka

By Sergio Ortiz


is your native land?

dipped in mud,

my head covered

with the thin blanket of poverty


on their last legs--

playground stones

in the cupped hand

of a lifeless child


who can blame me for

declining to defy

such whiteness with the

snowshoe cruelty of tracks

Sergio A. Ortiz is the founding editor of Undertow Tanka Review. He lives in San Juan Puerto Rico.  He is a four-time nominee for the Sundress Best of the Web Anthology, and a two-time Pushcart nominee. 

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