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Our Blood Into Ink

written by: Christine E. Ray



I reject the stifling silence

I shall speak the hidden truth unflinching

I refuse to smile through gritted teeth

during the rewriting of my history

into palatable bedtime stories for others’ comfort

I am finished with these lies of omission

I will no longer be polite

I will not be grateful for tossed crumbs

or patronizing pats on the head

I have no use for pity

I will join hands with my sisters


warriors all

we shall recite our tales of survival

in clear, resonant voices

Rich iron blood shall be transformed into ink

in fountain pens held

by our resolved hands

it will fill page after page

until all our truths have been told

and they blaze brightly across the night sky

Christine E. Ray

Christine E. Ray

Christine E. Ray is an indie author and freelance editor who lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the creator of the blog Brave and Reckless and Managing Editor of The Sudden Denouement Literary Collective (Blood Into Ink, Sudden Denouement, Sudden Denouement Publishing, & Whisper and the Roar) as well as Indie Blu(e). Her writing has been featured on SpillWords, fēlan poetry & visual zine, Nicholas Gagnier’s Swear to Me (2017), and his upcoming collection, All the Lonely People. Christine’s first book of poetry, Composition of a Woman, was published by Sudden Denouement Publishing in July of 2018. Her second book of poetry, The Myths of Girlhood, is scheduled for release later this year.
Christine E. Ray

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