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Below is the poem entitled HIGHWAY OF TEARS which was written by poet Cyndi MacMillan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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These signs are on Highway 16...

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Their hands kept tied, year after year,

for jobs are just so hard to get

up North, a place buses neglect.

First Nation girls swallow their fears,

hitch a ride, though warnings they hear,

a beast preys on the desperate...

mothers mourn, will never forget

those lost on the Highway of Tears.

*An Italian Octave

About this Poem

*Highway 16 in British Columbia is known as the Highway of Tears. Since 1974, 18 young women or girls have either been murdered or gone missing on the highway (some report the number is wrong and that it is as high as 43.) Communities are far between in this region, the buses are scarce and this route must be traveled to find work. The murders were not given the attention they were due and it has come to light that this is primarily because the women were Aboriginal. The police have since apologized for the handling of their cases. For a picture which captures how serious the danger is please click on the about this poem link. For more information

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  1. Date: 2/22/2013 5:51:00 PM
    love your Avatar, and the poem. LOL ~SKAT

  1. Date: 1/24/2013 9:07:00 PM
    Hullo, Cyndi. A worthwhile dedication. I almost don't know wot to 'say'; and I don't mean this in a bad way. There were a lot of rumours going around; probably still are. Some Fowler guy who passed away in prison, was attributed a handful of the murders. B.C. was rife with serial killers for several decades -- it is big country, with logging roads leading everywhere, clear-cuts, spatterings of ferry docks up and down the coastline....too easy to stay under the radar. I am a male who hitchhiked in B.C. when I was younger. Came across several weirdo strangers in the middle of nowhere; some drove those 70's/80's-style Dodge vans with the tinted windows. One guy in particular was very made me wonder. The RCMP barely listened to anyone until after the 90's. A well-written Italian Octave.

  1. Date: 1/15/2013 8:53:00 AM
    Cyndi, , :-) Congratulations in Debbie's fine " EIGHT Lines any KIND " contest. enjoy your day... PD

  1. Date: 1/13/2013 2:09:00 PM
    Life can be very hard, and taking to the open road and relying on the kindness of strangers has always been risky business..even more so for woman then men..BUT I bet they feel they have no choice [sigh] Congrad's Light & Love [lama in the mail]

  1. Date: 1/13/2013 8:15:00 AM
    Reading your comment on my poem and now reading yours motivated me to do a little reading up on the subject...I understand your reference to 'First Nations' now, meaning they are Native Canadians like Native Americans...thank you for this sad but informative write, Cyndi and congatulations too - Tim

  1. Date: 1/13/2013 6:14:00 AM
    Cyndi congrats on your win, this is one scary road...David

  1. Date: 1/13/2013 4:24:00 AM
    Congratulations Ellie, luv good one xx

  1. Date: 1/13/2013 1:59:00 AM
    Do you live in BC as well? I am in Kelowna near Lake Okanagan. This is a tragic piece of our BC history. Congratulations on win.

  1. Date: 1/12/2013 8:19:00 PM
    You worded this well to convey the seriousness. Congrats ...Seren

  1. Date: 1/10/2013 7:00:00 PM
    I kind of thought the poem was about this type of subject but reading about it at the bottom helped. Also I was thinking of the "Trail of tears" , that path the white man forced the Cherokees to walk near Florida to take them to the reservations and many died along the way. And so you see, both roads had something to do with native americans!

  1. Date: 1/10/2013 12:22:00 PM
    So sad, it makes me cry. Terrible things happen to people.

  1. Date: 1/10/2013 9:24:00 AM
    Dear Cyndi: Such a sad story you've told. I clicked the link and my heart sank. So sad these women had to take risks just to get a loaf of bread and/or keep a job. So glad to be back reading your work. love, Kathy P.S. Yes Debbie and I live minutes apart and we had coffee a while back. Fun.

  1. Date: 1/9/2013 9:09:00 PM
    great stuff Cyndi and on behalf of my wife thanks for her win in your contest. she may be released from hospital this weekend if she passes nutrition tests. she is not out of the woods yet. thanks for prayers for her. Ron

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 9:11:00 PM
    I've heard of this before. So sad, yet you handled the subject quite beautifully. Enjoyed the read and the information shared about it.

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 8:44:00 PM
    You always write informative poetry, there is so much to learn from you, hope your well Cyndi thinking of you xxxx