Linda M. Crate

Linda M. Crate’s
works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of six poetry chapbooks, the latest of which is: the samurai (Yellow Arrow Publishing, October 2020). She’s also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018). Recently she has published three full-length poetry collections Vampire Daughter (Dark Gatekeeper Gaming, February 2020), The Sweetest Blood (Cyberwit, February 2020), and Mythology of My Bones (Cyberwit, August 2020).

consequences of being

all my life
they’ve tried to tame me,
but i’m still wild;
consequence of being
a moon child
i’m afraid—
but i do not regret my
midnights nor my thorns
sometimes the light
isn’t kind,
and sometimes the darkness
and i was born at night
with only stars and moonlight
to guide me into being—
i appreciate the
special beauty of the night,
but they want me to be golden
like the sun and speak softly
as the petals of tulips;
but i am the hearty crocus
who rises no matter how many
times it snows in spring
and i am the moonlight
sharp and silver with fangs that
could cut a river into being—
they only want my calm waters
not my hurricanes,
they only want my dreams not my nightmares
but both are a part of me;
and i will not apologize for it.

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