The Disappeared — By Mary Silwance

Heartland!

term to describe

people erased

for existing

against the grain–

the disappeared

gone

not like the rapture

not from natural causes diseases accidents age

but deleted

the disappeared

aborted

long after birth

tossed into

the garbage bin

behind history books

the disappeared

expunged

blue contacts over brown seeing

flat iron over kinky locks

jeans over galabaya*

Irish Spring over cumin and garlic

the letters of your name

syllables of you

forever on papers

rearranged to match

a stranger in a strange land’s ear
the disappeared

~ Mary Silwance

*flowing gown worn by Middle Easterners

Mary Silwance is an environmental educator and activist who blogs at Tonic Wild and founded One Less Pipeline. She is a mother of three and a gardener who aspires to having goats, bees and chickens. Her work has been published in Syracuse Cultural Workers Datebook, Konza Journal, Descansos and Sequestrum.

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