Holly Guran | It says

 

new   young

it says    very bright

beauty and logo

brand    wear it

let it show

be labeled

new    young

 

it says   dark    shiny

newly polished

upholstery smell

still fresh

outgassing

plastic

 

it says Sears

Walmart

Disney

 

it says

sewing machines

lined up      dead

gray with ash

factory floor

fading shades

like dirty snow

 

it says

locked in

it says

smoke    bodies

gray stretchers

carried out

 

it says

shop

buy bargains

guaranteed

 

it says

so cheap

 

 

Firefighters try to control a fire in a garment factory in the Bangladeshi town of Gazipur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author’s note: This poem was written in response to an October 2013 garment factory fire (above) that killed 10 workers in Bangladesh.

 

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