We Are Not The Same

by Linda M. Crate

i hurt in ways that i cannot
convey to you,
but you will not be given
the power to destroy me;
every time i fall
i rise—
after every mistake
i learn something,
and i am not going to lose
my magic nor surrender my power;
i am a goddess
get out of my temple
i refuse to be cursed by your darkness—
you think i’m weak,
but my kindness is not
a weakness;
my compassion has no flaw,
and my love serves a greater purpose
than your hate ever will—
you pray for my destruction
i pray for your healing
we are not the same.

 

Artist: Shelly Klammer 

Linda M. Crate’s works have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has six published 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, March 2019), and one micro-chapbook Heaven Instead (Origami Poems Project, May 2018). She is also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018).

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