the world is a ___________________victim
hard to look her _______in the face


the world a victim? you repeat
a victim _________________________I say


you punch me

I’ve never been punched
it feels not ______________metaphorical


anyway punched
I have ___________nothing left
__________________to say

so I leave this burning basement
that contains its flames _________so well
the people upstairs will never __know


ELISABETH BLAIR is a poet, interdisciplinary artist, and feminist podcaster. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Right Hand Pointing and Brickplight, and is forthcoming in Feminist Studies, cream city review, and S/tick. Her chapbook, We He She/It, is available through Dancing Girl Press.