While tourists bought silver Indian jewelry
– People drove drunk on Coors Blvd.
– The setting sun painted the Sandias red and orange
– Hot air balloons floated on the air currents
You were there on the mesa

Your deaths forgotten
Your secrets were hidden
About why you died
And how you died
You might have wept
You might have begged
You might have been angry
You might have been dead
Before you got there
Up on the mesa

While I went grocery shopping
– Visited the library
– Pumped my gas at Costco
– Painted on a blank canvas
– Strung beads
– Laughed on the phone
You were there on the mesa

In the midst of so much beauty
It’s easy to forget
Those souls with hardened hearts
Kill other people
And bury them in the dark
Hiding their secrets and their deeds
Up on the mesa

In Memory of Jamie Barela, 15, Monica Candelaria, 22, Victoria Chavez, 26, Virginia Cloven, 24, Syllania Edwards, 15, Cinnamon Elks, 32, Doreen Marquez, 24, Julie Nieto, 24, Veronica Romero, 28, Evelyn Salazar, 27 and Michelle Valdez, 22

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