Friday, June 28, 2013

A Room of My Own: Borderland Tanka Set

Changing the World One tanka at a Time series

raining nights
in bloody 1846...
a Mexican yells out
We didn’t cross the border
The border crossed us

a mother's hands
reach out to her children
through the bars
of a fence that divides
Mexico from Arizona

Note: The first tanka was published in Ribbons, 8:3, Winter 2013


  1. The U.S.-Mexican War:

    Between 1846 and 1848, the United States and Mexico, went to war. It was a defining event for both nations, transforming a continent and forging a new identity ...

    -- excerpted from PBS, which can be accessed at

    Senate Approves Border Amendment; Immigrant Rights Advocates, Mexico Voice Protests

    The Senate has approved an amendment to the immigration reform bill that radically expands enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border. The $46 billion measure would nearly double the number of border agents to 40,000, expand the use of drones and construct around 700 miles of border fencing...

    -- excerpted from Democracy!Now, June 28, 2013,

  2. The latest discussion on this hot issue:

    Senate Bill Creates Path for Undocumented Immigrants, But at Cost of Radically Militarized Border, aired on Democracy! Now, June 28, 2013,