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Missing Girls

These snippets of girls, broadsheets, ballads,
a one paragraph whisper in a smudged newspaper
beneath an ad for a pizza, two for one.
But they are singular despite their raveled tangled names.
They are still awake, a litany of how young girls die.
Delia is gone, 14 years old, cinched and muzzled with rope,
two bullets. He was pardoned. She sleeps somewhere unknown.
Her bones whisper to the unknowns. At least Delia has a song.
Johnny Cash sang about her, the Man in Black.
Did they bury her in black, a thrift store school dress
with sweat stained underarms?
They tell Delia of truck stop stores gaudy with harsh beaten light,
racks of DVDs of Country’s greatest hits. A bus stop smelling of aged urine.
He promised he would leave his wife, girlfriend, so many words.
In a church bathroom. He had a kind face.
Grainy posters stapled to telephone poles, taped to smudged windows,
small store billboards cramped with fading pleas
amidst ads for babysitting, massage and guitar lessons with golden stars,
when they were five they won them for perfect attendance.
But at least they were missed. Others confess
no one saw them enough to ask.
“I was this, a stripper, drab and murky club, cheerleader garters
but they loved my baby fat thighs.” ,
“I was this.... coked and floating above what my father did to me in the bath.”
“He talked to me after class so I ignored his hand that reached ever higher.”
Delia is gone as is the “Knoxville Girl”. What was her name?
Anyway she was murdered.
I initially wanted to write about traditional murder ballads so I started with "Delia's Gone", but like anything else I write, the writing did what it wanted. Although since I am working on a non fiction piece on murder ballads, I think I will write about them again in my fictional writing.
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Powerful, painful imagery. Missing Girls by *swansisters ( Featured by neurotype )
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I-am-Inspired Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful, very sad, very true x
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FaberrittanaCaskett Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on the well deserved DD. I loved the piece and the way it shows the lack of empathy in human error.
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
There's a certain vicious tonelessness to this that I'm really digging. Thanks for sharing.
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OceanLuv856 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Congrats on the DD :D


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GENOSCIISSORS Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student General Artist
stop
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L-Inque Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
a one paragraph whisper in a smudged newspaper
beneath an ad for a pizza, two for one.
But they are singular despite their raveled tangled names.
They are still awake, a litany of how young girls die.


This is an echo of my own thoughts when I see stories of the missing.  
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wordeea Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
congratulations ! well deserved !
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erwinpineda Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Congrats on the DD feature :D
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robson666 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist
congratulations to the well deserved Daily Deviation  Clap
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Arlesienne Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
I run a literary cafe and this poem is truly impressive. Have you ever published your poetry somewhere?
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :party:
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NicholasName Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this very much.
It's got an interesting, unique flow. 
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0hgravity Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great piece. I love the details- they lend a haunting authenticity to it.
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pomohippie7 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013   Writer
Your piece has been selected as one of our December's Outstanding Pieces of the Month. Congratulations on such wonderful work!

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swansisters Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. I have been absent from dA for a long time for various reasons. So today is the first day I have logged in for a long time and I am very honored. Thank you.
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pomohippie7 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   Writer
It's nice to see you back! I hope all is well. :hug:
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swansisters Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much. I am very honored. I apologize for the late reply. Since May 29th I have moved three times. I am now in Los Angeles now and hoping will settle down and start writing again. :)
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pomohippie7 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013   Writer
You're very welcome! I hope things are all well for you soon! :)
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lombregrise Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional Writer
Hi! You're featured in the greyshadow's here: fav.me/d6sktzb - :rose:
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swansisters Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I am very honored. Thank you. Hug 
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glossolalias Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
gorgeous.
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swansisters Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much:happybounce: . I have been in the midst of moving to LA, my life has been a bit chaotic and complicated so sorry for the lateness of my thanks. 
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lombregrise Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Writer
stunning... 
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swansisters Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank You:happybounce: 
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013   Writer

Every line is good and it's very sad/awful and perfect for Halloween (I suppose), and I'm interested in your plan to write murder ballads.

Your work is always powerful, and so is this. Why is it young girls go missing and murdered so often?

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Taschasan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Because of rape culture? Because "no one has seen or heard anything"?
Maybe someone from the police has an idea of "why".


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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014   Writer
:nod:
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nawkaman Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
you write with such unique perspective, regardless of content
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