Not Too Far From Here
(for the women of Juarez)

Not too far from here
smudged red lipstick
remains on the hands of
two legged coyotes
who savor women's flesh.
Not too far from here
piles of parched bones and
burgandy smocks lie in the
desert and names of maquilladoras
are etched on the skull, femur, somewhere.
Not too far from here
women are expendable
last page news
equivalent to the peso.
Not too far from here
the stench lingers through
the holes of barbwire fences
crossing the borders
and tickling our noses
Not too far from here in Juarez
hundreds go unsolved
meaningless breasts and wombs
strewn across vast amounts of land
decaying
Not too far from here
an uneasy silence
covers unspeakable deaths
Brujas blancas are working overtime
calling on the Virgen for assistance
Not too far from here
we can hear whispers of restless souls
crying for peace
crying for justice

Jackie Joice

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