Two Poems — Kat Bodrie

I Just Want to Know Their Names

So many bodies
rotting bodies
Hundreds of bodies

dumped in drainage canals
in plastic bags

buried in fields
yards of homes

dissolved in acid or lye

19 corpses hung from ropes
hacked to pieces

authorities ran out of space
neighbors complained about the smell
killings skyrocketed

cartel lost control
battling that splinter




Note: This poem uses text from “In Mexico, a cartel is taking over: Jalisco New Generation” by Mark Stevenson, AP, March 18, 2020.

Meanwhile in China



wildlife species such as bamboo rats
may have been    hosts
for the    coronavirus

a breeder of bamboo rats
a delicacy when grilled
has    not earned a penny
since January

In June
he dug a deep pit
and buried [hundreds] alive

“I invested all I had
into this business”


The Chinese government
more than
330,000 IUDs    in
Uighur residents

all women of childbearing age

Side effects can include
nonstop menstrual bleeding

irremovable without special instruments

still leaking breast milk
strap[ped] her to an iron chair

electric vacuum
sucked her fetus

sunk into her flesh

a bitter reminder of
that fear

Note: This poem uses text from “China cuts Uighur births with IUDs, abortion, sterilization” by AP staff, AP, June 29, 2020, and “Pandemic causes China to ban breeding of bamboo rats and other wild animals” by Emily Feng and Amy Cheng, NPR, June 28, 2020.

©2020 Kat Bodrie
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Kat Bodrie’s prose and poetry have appeared in Waymark: Voices of the Valley, West Texas Literary Review, Rat’s Ass Review, and other publications. She lives in North Carolina. Learn more.


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2 thoughts on “Two Poems — Kat Bodrie

  1. Visceral and disturbing. Thanks for sharing these truths with us, even if they are unsettling. Sometimes people need to be exposed to the harsh realities of life in other places, as other genders, etc. Compassion begins with understanding and awakening, so thank you for your poems that can enlighten us to hard truths.


    1. Thank you for your kind words! That is exactly what I intended to do. I want people to understand what is happening in the world today, especially social justice issues they don’t know about. I hope to include these two poems in a chapbook I’m calling _While You Worried about Toilet Paper_. There is so much happening out there besides the pandemic!

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