The Disappeared by Kristin Garth

Kristin Garth, Poetry, Punk Noir Magazine

The Disappeared


for the Bangladeshi women who bravely

and publicly protested Nusrat Rafi’s, (a 19 year old girl)

murder by burning post report of her sexual assault.


They hold up placards of a dying face,

familiarly defaced by disappointed

men.  Stand together in a public place,

female chain composed of some exploited

at least statistically — eighty percent

in the garment industry experience

or see sexual assault, subsequent

report just two percent. Fear consequence,

risks evident in photographs they hold —

this girl who burned nineteen years old because

she would not be silenced, shamed, told

police an elder’s name.  Though her death is

evidence of dangers to women here,

they show their faces for the disappeared.