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Sixteen Dead in Juarez


We can't talk. We can't
talk now. Now,
like the living, we are
dead in Juarez –
unsolved as the grave
streets that turned us
indoors until, hidden
inside, the hiding ended
with the blood we were.

It seems a mistake, false
information, a confusion
of something; they could not want
anyone like us. Who can see
why they might – they did
not know our hands as we left
them, dark and plain, beside
bullet holes in a wall.

What is this smell in the air?
Where is the world
where the world is?
Why is this? We can't
talk now.
The New York Daily News reported it this way:

Gunmen Kill 13 Students at Party in Mexico Border City; False Information Prompted Attack

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Armed men stormed a party in this violent Mexican border city, killing 13 high school and college students in what witnesses said they thought was an attack prompted by false information.

About two dozen teens and young adults were hospitalized after the late Saturday assault in Ciudad Juarez, a drug cartel-plagued city which is one of the deadliest in the world.

Grieving witnesses and family members told The Associated Press on Sunday they thought the victims, mostly residents of the housing complex where the attack occurred, had no ties to drug traffickers.


You can read more about it here: Gunman Kill 13 Students

Ken Ellingwood at The L.A. Times had this to say:

Ciudad Juarez Police Baffled by Shooting of Teens

The attack on a party attended by mostly high school and college students has 'no apparent motive,' the mayor says. The death toll rises to 16.

Reporting from Mexico City - Authorities in Ciudad Juarez said Monday that they have no idea what motivated a weekend shooting attack against a group of young partygoers that killed at least 16 people in the border city.

The death toll rose from 14 after two more victims died Monday from wounds suffered during the assault, in which gunmen in seven vehicles sealed off the street and opened fire on a party packed with teenagers. More than a dozen people were wounded during the attack around midnight Saturday.

The majority of the dead were under 20, and most were high school or college students.


More here: Ciudada Juarez Police Baffled

I've been away a long time; the world is still the same. What can we say about that.

Dave Prisk
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dictionarychemist Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
This is brilliantly worded and so fluent, it strikes everything just perfectly. Excellent job, I particularly loved the beginning:

We can't talk. We can't
talk now. Now,
like the living, we are
dead in Juarez –


It's just powerful in evoking every emotion that I feel for this country. You did an excellent job of representing the struggle and I sincerely applaud. Great work.
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b1gfan Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Student Writer
:hug: Thank you my friend. I really appreciate your willingness to stop by and read the poem :tighthug: And then to give it a :+fav: as well - :wow: Thanks again my dear.
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dictionarychemist Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
It's my pleasure.
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suan-la-tang Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Student Writer
Moving and tragic. This is a great write about a horrible, unspeakably terrible situation in Mexico.

Thanks for writing this. Someone has to.
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b1gfan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Student Writer
Thank you my friend :highfier: I really appreciate your taking the time to read and the comment is a lil bit of wonderful. Thanks very much!
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KneelingGlory Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
Featured here! Beautiful work :)
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b1gfan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Student Writer
:hug: Oh Lili - you are the sweetest! :heart: Thank you. :)
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KneelingGlory Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
they did
not know our hands as we left
them, dark and plain, beside
bullet holes in a wall.


The sad part is I have to wonder if it would matter if they had. Excellent piece, Dave. :+fav:
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b1gfan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Writer
:hug: Thank you so much Lili :) It's such a sad situation - the kind where I could feel the writing rising up inside as I learned about what'd happened. It means a lot to me that you enjoyed it as much as you did. Thanks for reading my friend :heart: and for the :+fav: as well.
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marije5chip Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Loved it!
Especially the first strophe really made me picture it.
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