Elisa Chávez @Seattle_Slam
#poem titled ‘Revenge’

“Since you mention it, I think I will start that race war. I could’ve swung either way? But now I’m definitely spending the next YEAR
(my edit: was “4 years”)

converting your daughters to lesbianism;”
2/ “Revenge” continued

“I’m gonna eat all your guns.
Swallow them lock stock and barrel
& spit bullet casings onto the dinner table; I’ll give birth to an army of mixed-race babies....”
—Elisa Chávez,
poetry slam Seattle 👏
3/ “Revenge” cont

“W/ fathers from every continent & genders to outnumber the ⭐️s,
my legion of multiracial babies will be intersectional as fuck
& your swastikas will not be enough to save you, because real talk, you didn’t stop the future from coming...”
—Elisa Chávez,
4/ “Revenge” cont.
“We have the same deviant haircuts we had yesterday; we are still getting gay-married like nobody’s business because it’s still nobody’s business;...”
—Elisa Chávez, poetry slam Seattle
5/ “Revenge” cont.

“there’s a Muslim kid in Kansas who has already written the schematic
for the robot that will steal your job in manufacturing, & that robot? Will also be gay, so get used to it: we didn’t manifest the mountain by speaking its name,...
—Elisa Chávez
6/ “Revenge” #poem

“the buildings here are not on your side just b/c you make them spray-painted accomplices. These walls do not have genders & they all think you suck. Even the 🌍 found common cause with us the way you trample us both,...”
—Elisa Chavez,
poetry slam Seattle 👏
7/ “Revenge” cont

“oh yeah: there will be signs, and rainbow-colored drum circles, & folks arguing ideology until even I want to punch them but I won’t, b/c they’re my family, in that blood-of-the-covenant sense. If you’ve never loved someone like that...”
—Elisa Chávez
8/“Revenge” #poem

“you can’t outwaltz us, we have all the good 👯 anyway. I’ll confess IDK if I’m alive right now;
I haven’t heard my❤️ beat in days,
I keep holding my breath for the moment the ✈️ goes down & I have to save enough oxygen to get my friends through.”
-Elisa Chavez
9/ “Revenge” #poem

“But I finally found the argument against suicide & it’s us.
We’re the effigies that haunt America’s nights harder
the longer they spend burning us,
we are scaring the shit out of people by spreading, by refusing to die: what are we but a fire?”
—Elisa Chavez
10/ “Revenge” #poetry

“We know everything we do is so the kids after us will be able to follow something towards safety; what can I call us but lighthouse, of course I’m terrified. Of course I’m a shroud. And of course it’s not fair but rest assured,
anxious 🇺🇸,”
—Elisa Chavez
11/ “Revenge” #poem

“you brought your fists to a glitter fight.
This is a taco truck rally and all you have is cole slaw.
You cannot deport our minds; we won’t
hold funerals for our potential. We have always been
what makes America great.”
—Elisa Chavez,
poetry slam Seattle
Came out in 2016
Missed a line:

“You just delayed our coronation”
-Elisa Chavez

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