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And now she waits on corners, sold

Purity pilfered and pried apart

Silenced by the sting of biting cold

Slapping hands and tainted hearts

 

Purity pilfered and pried apart

Stone clouds creep over indigo skies

Slapping hands and tainted hearts

Repeat – she thinks she’d rather die

 

Stone clouds creep over indigo skies

Bentley slows, and window rolls

Repeat – she thinks she’d rather die

Desperate dreams of an undercover mole

 

Bentley slows, tinted window rolls

Hollow eyes attached to scum

Desperate dreams of an undercover mole

To save her soul, to take her home

 

 

Written for Poetry Forms at dVerse. This is an imperfect pantoum, which has the following pattern of repeated lines….ABCD, BEDF, EGFH, GIHJ.

The statistics for human trafficking are astounding…an issue not limited to particular countries or to females. It breaks my heart that humanity still struggles to evolve.

https://humantraffickinghotline.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12 responses »

  1. Sad, Poignant, Brutal, but in the end, Hopeful ❤

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  2. Mish, the human capacity to perpetrate pure evil baffles the sane mind. Goodness is being slowly smothered by this darkness that is steadily spreading over the earth. We must unleash the light of learning by strengthening the power of education. Until we can diminish ignorance we will not stem hatred, and evil will continue to flourish.

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  3. Beauty. Loved the way you created rhythm and used repetition ☺️

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  4. this poem really tore my heart apart. In my home country we have a Nepali community, our church assists with relocation, girls rescued from human trafficking, their stories are indescribable. that said, your imperfect pantoum is a strong one, the form was perfect and the you brought the thought full circle, that’s the beauty of your pantoum – the first and last line are connected so strongly and the resolution comes at the end to save her soul and go home. your lines portray the vulnerability of these poor girls so vividly. nothing to change or edit, this is perfect.

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  5. this closely hits home. my homeland is poverty-stricken and the horror of human trafficking is a sad but real tale. beautiful. poignant.

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  6. It breaks my heart. Have seen it too many times in my old job. It taked education and concerted effort at every step of the system to hope to put a dent in global trafficking. US laws grease the wheels for diplomats and for work visas that make it easy to traffic for labor and sex.

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  7. This really hits home Mish. I can’t imagine the anguish and betrayal of these women. Rescue and take her home.

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  8. From the first line, I felt pain/horror. At first, perhaps because of the image, I thought of a Charles Dickens sort of situation, but as it unfolded, it became even more tragic. Good job.

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