Pride Cover

i think i always knew
who i was,
but i was too afraid to say
lest i hurt someone
with my mere
existence;
but i am done sitting in a closet
corpses and skeletons make poor
speaking companions—
i’m not a relic
looking to collect dust
to sit forgotten and forlorn
in a place
where dreams no longer dance
my heart shines like a rainbow
i am going to let that light shimmer and dance
to break the darkness of storms,
i am done hiding who i am;
i didn’t choose who to love
but i did choose love
i take pride in who i am
even if some cannot fathom
my depths
because i cannot respect those who
stick only to their comfortable shallows
when i have always been forced into positions
requiring my bravery.

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Linda M. Crate's poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has five 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), and splintered with terror (Scars Publications, January 2018), 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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