A Poem About Despair

Lana Del Rey’s haunting song Carmen tells a story of a young girl with an addictive aura that attracts all who lay eyes upon her. In reality, Carmen is hurting, but she covers up her pain with drunken smiles. It is a sad story, inspired by Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita and Carmen, a novella by Prosper Mérimé. In a moment of inspiration, I wrote this poem, following a young sex slave whose one wish is… well, read it and you will find out.

A Woman,
Stolen in the cover of night,
Lies in a dirty motel bed,

Pregnant at 15,
Her Baby, dead in her arms,

She sells Her body, Her mind, Her soul,
To the Devils whose Hell is on Earth,

Beaten and Bruised,
Suffocated by heavy, sweaty bodies,
Drowning in a sea of uncertainty,

She makes men happy,
…yet she is dead inside,
She tried to kill herself last night,
…the pimp wouldn’t let her,
Her body begs for relief,

Here she is again,
Draped in dirty sheets,
Violated and Abused,

they call her,
Abandoned by morning,
Slivers of fluorescents lights,
Flicker through the curtains,
Like fireflies,

She wishes to be like the lights,


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Written by Mariah Flores

Hello! My name is Mariah Flores and I am a freshman in college. I enjoy film and literature. My plans for college include obtaining a Journalism degree, with a minor in Global Studies. After college, I plan on working as a digital journalist.
I enjoy reading books, watching Sherlock, and listening to my favorite bands/artists. My role models include Frida Kahlo and Audrey Hepburn.
The Great Gatsby and Perks of Being a Wallflower are among my all-time favorite books and Maya Angelo is my favorite poet. When I'm not writing poetry or reading Shakespearean plays, you can find me watching VICELAND or enjoying cool Youtube videos.

For inquiries, contact me through my Twitter or Instagram: momi_flows or mariah_flows