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to laura

in 1998 when they found
the gay body of matthew shepard
his face was bloodied all over
except for two stripes
perpendicular
which is where his tears
had flowed
on that day the cyclist
who found him did not
call the police immediately
because matthew’s body
was so deformed
that the cyclist thought he’d seen
a scarecrow

last saturday in são paulo
a group of men
and two officers of the military police
killed laura
not without torturing
her first laura
was seen still alive
by another person
who recorded
and posted on youtube the video
of laura disorientated
and who wouldn’t be
blood spewing from the mouth and from the back
of her dress?

laura has a body
and a name that belong to her
laura de vermont (present!)
was murdered
by men
by the state
and by our indifference
at the age of 18
on a saturday.

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