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Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Summer 2015

Volume 12 Issue 3

 

 

Three Tanka

By Sergio Ortiz




where


is your native land?


dipped in mud,


my head covered


with the thin blanket of poverty





refugees


on their last legs--


playground stones


in the cupped hand


of a lifeless child



agoraphobia...


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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