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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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GENOSCISSORS 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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