Wendy Blankenship : Maquiladoras

Fall '07 TOC

 

Her nipple cut off
and worn as a necklace
can not be seen
in crumpled photograph
taken by her employer
at an American maquiladora
paid less than minimum wage
in Juarez there are over 357
dead like her at age 20
shoulder length hair, medium height
wearing brown skirts, smiling
though they've heard of photos selected
taken night stripped desert raped burned
body found wearing her clothes
so far decomposed it can't
be her in a mass grave left smiling
photographs listen to a woman
in charge of investigations concerning
violence and women in Juarez
who says to parents

She hasn't been gone long.
Ran off with a boy?
We have no leads

in clothing piled and left
at the police station
a woman in charge of investigations
concerning violence and women in Juarez
is asked               Are you afraid?
she responds      Are you not afraid?

 

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