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




it says Sears




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


buy bargains



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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