Falling Through The Gaps

It is North America’s dark, open secret that native women are far more likely to be raped, and far more likely to be murdered. Given the complicated and tense mesh of federal, state and tribal law – as well as entrenched racism towards indigenous people across North America – cases continue to fall through the cracks.~ Lucy Anna Gray


The history books we were forced

to memorize whitewashed the grim

reality, glossing over

the decimation

of 500 nations —

the deliberate, ironic cruelty

calling savages

those treated most savagely

by our greedy influx

pious people guided by god:

rob the inhabitants, take the land

steal their children, their languages,

their cultures.  In bold, the word


to deflect

the evil, even now refusing

to reconcile or even acknowledge

the damage.  Let alone

retrain the trainers,

compose new toddlers’ songs,

rewrite the children’s stories.

We’re still here,

they shout, to the stellar students

of books which insist they never existed

in the first place.  And no one is looking

for the women,

missing by the thousands.

We would conduct a more diligent search

for a herd stampeding

the gaping fence

of the overgrown pasture

on what they still consider

stolen land. Our perspective

so ironclad

officials scratch their heads,

shrug their shoulders.

Where could they all have gone?

So irresponsible to leave their children,

their homes, not even wearing shoes,

what must they have been thinking?

It’s a mystery,

case closed,

obviously no foul play.

It’s not a crime to abandon

everything you love,

how could we possibly

prosecute a woman

who makes that choice?

The blind injustice covering up

yet again, this callous disregard

for sacred lives.

Written for Day 10 #OctPoWriMo prompt “Falling through the cracks” and inspired by: Stellar, Fence, Herd, Overgrown, Trainer

And the documentary Vanished: The Search For Murdered And Missing Native American Women.  Watch it here.

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Victoria Stuart

I'm a poet, philosopher and inner seeker. A giver, lover and a healer who studies the heart.

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