blackmail press 31  Marginalization
Stephanie Grieve
New Zealand

Marginalization - Pauline Canlas Wu
Stephanie Grieve is a Christchurch-based lawyer and mother. Her poetry has previously appeared in blackmail press as well as various other journals and publications in New Zealand.

You came in late, your
wheelchair jarring
against desks and chairs.

At pains to point out
how few
subsidised help-hours
you get
and that you live on your own
you hijacked
the space
shot strange words
like diatribe,
a lifetime supply
of axes and chips.

The other hostages appeared
to hear you;
my compassion was disabled
by your different-coloured