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The blood came

Poetry by Elizabeth Gade


Elizabeth Gade is a US based bisexual writer and certified peer support worker. Her lived experience of abuse and incarceration drives her to write and serve her community. She views writing as radical way to show up in the world while connecting to fellow survivors. Her poems have been published in The View Magazine, The Elevation Review, 300 Days Of Sun, Other Worldly Women Press. Find her on Instagram at @elizabethgadethepoet.





The blood came before

the rain did


the poems came before

the healing arrived


the trauma

the trauma


has always been


with it’s snapping frenzied jaws


I never belonged anywhere

the girl who thrived in chaos


prayed to god to make me anything

but dirty


daughter of eve

flesh of the original sin


the shame

the shame


that serpentine scaled spiral

ends here

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In the poem "the blood came," Elizabeth Gade uses sentences that follow an accentual meter rather than the number of syllables. All the lines vary in syllable count, but the poet uses an accentual syllabic meter. In the opening couplet, lines one and two, we learn that the birth of violence came earlier than the flow of lines. The evidence points toward lines 3 and 4, where the speaker admits to writing ahead of the cure. The narrative continues within the poetry, as the evidence shows in lines five and six, with the stressor repeated as distress, trauma, trauma—the reoccurring violent situation. The speaker continues to inform us in line 7 that they have been distressed, and the turning point…

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