Tuesday, June 2, 2009

For the Mesa Eleven

Beginning on February 2, 2009, when a woman found a bone sticking out of the ground on a mesa in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the remains of women keep being found. As of yet, no one has come to any answers about how many women were killed, why these women were killed and how they came to be buried in the desert.

Mica Valdez, an Oakland based writer, remembers the women with her poem, ¨Take these Flowers.¨

half circle brick wall Albuquerque sky

              red headbands tied around foreheads

            color of life

      childhood teddy bears gold

      cardboard framed photos

      with marker

      plastic pink flowers shake


      stinging wet eyes

      tears fall

        down lined red-earth cheeks

        a father wearing flannel long sleeve mourns

        behind black mirrors

            smoking copal rises

              from lacquer stone

      boy blows conch toward Las Sandias

        names are called out

      Michelle Valdez

      Cinnamon Elk

            eleven lost Indias

      found in the desert Mesa

        prayer songs and petals lift up and around

          Recibe estas flores

          Con gusto y anhelo

          que son escalones

que llegan al cielo

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