Linda m. crate

Two poems

some of us tire of your games 

you confuse woman for weakness,
and submission and desire;
you confuse her for a moral compass
and the one to meet all your needs—

some may be content in being controlled,
but i will never be ruled or tamed or owned;

women aren't here for your entertainment—

i have dreams and goals and ambitions all my own
don't need anyone to satisfy me but me 
because i know what i want from life,
and my dreams won't wake up one day and decide
they don't love me;

my dreams won't abandon me for another woman
or tell me lies just to make me stay—

women are goddesses, queens, and magic;
you underestimate our power and overestimate 
our kindness but not all of us are sugar and spice
and everything nice

some of us are wrath and rage and magic that
will write you off the page—

some of us tire of your games.


i am the main character of my life 

i was born 
at night
darkness does
not scare me

the moon is
my mother,

always i shine
even when you 
cannot see me;

i am whole
even when i am
incomplete and i am no 
longer afraid of who
i am—

my magic and my power
are my own

wasn't born to be your moral 
compass or your entertainment,
and i won't sit in your shadow
to be your arm candy
disappointed to be in the darkness
of a stranger when i could be standing
in my own light;

because i am my own story
and i will write myself as the main character 
spent enough time as a side character
in my narrative.

25 January, 2021



Linda M. Crate (she/her) is a Pennsylvanian writer. Her works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of seven poetry chapbooks: A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press - June 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon - January 2014), If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, August 2016), My Wings Were Made to Fly (Flutter Press, September 2017), splintered with terror (Scars Publications, January 2018),  More Than Bone Music (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, March 2019), and the samurai (Yellow Arrow Publishing, October 2020). She's also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018). She has two micro-poetry collections out:  Heaven Instead (Origami Poems Project, May 2018) & moon mother (Origami Poems Project, March 2020.) 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).