by Marie Anne

CW: violence

Every morning for the past three years, I wake up to see in the mirror the blackened cadaver, of a burned girl. The image is taped, and when sleeping I dream on her behalf, half a morning in the rise, until I go down the suburbs to live, or I drive off the barrio to work.

Her storyline once headed, “Andrea,” and she was a Mexican girl—with two children, with her father, who held about nine of the street marches out for her, in those last days of March, and him accompanied by the people of a feminist clan. At 37, Andrea was reported as “missing” after being seen for the last time in the company of her boyfriend. 

The Attorney General’s Office of the State confirmed that the body remains found between the Guaymas and Empalme cities’ bypass corresponded to hers. Why does God strip his floor, when he’s also willing to varnish it? When she didn’t had the opportunity to even suspect the beginning sentence of this thought? From her missing hospital bed, her missing pearl-white dress for the ocassion—she was calcined. 

She had been a woman, and then a match that warmed our hearts as enough combustible to blow everything down into a bright whiteness, like redemption in its veritable tone. 

Now look ahead following the road of ashes. You could smell them from the district, flying to the nostrils of another humanized survivor; the one arranging protests, and with people she never met. Today, this is the fuel that rises and threatens to explode the Municipal Palace, and I had the whole thing scripted down from the local newspaper, still looking at her image every morning to reflect how this is Big time right here, and I’m every minute passing after it.

Marie Anne is a finalist of Wingless Dreamer Publisher’s “BIPOC Issue” (2021), Moida Magazine’s 2021 Anthology on “Culture”, and "For Women Who Roar" Magazine. Her work embodies the silenced lives of women victims of femicide in Latin America, creating global consciousness about oppresion, a lack of legal action, and the social-political reality caused by these series of crimes that have become an everyday reality all around México.

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