Celebrating Women! Women's History Month, March 2014

In celebration of Women's History Month, March 2014, here is my poem, "Victim":


she grabs the dictionary
from the shelf
she splashes through the pages
she stops at the "v"
slowly progressing to the "vi" section
she freezes at the word
with her cigarette lighter
she burns the word
off of the page
no more
she will no longer be a victim
his, hers, theirs, anyone else's
she refuses
she has conquered the expectations
dumped on her
she will start anew