(I deserve to thrive
but for now: I’ll survive)
I have nothing left to share-
save spare daughters who don’t belong here.
My sons (golden, radiant)
are now counted as easy slaughter.
I remain, my future clear
(in this sense: there’s nothing left to fear)
I will remain brave to the grave
even as a displaced slave.
Lauren Elise Fisher is a stage manager and writer based out of Bridgeport, CT. She holds a B.A. in theatre studies from the University of Connecticut where she studied stage management, performance, and puppetry. Her most recent publication, "Moving Forward" may be found in CultureCult's Spring Offensive anthology (April, 2023). Keep up with Lauren on Instagram and Twitter: @AllFishSwim.