Poem: linda m. crate
a better flame
despite my shames,
and my humiliations;
i continue forward
prospering myself in strength
as i march onward—
for what choice do i have?
if i don't move forward
then i must stay in place or hide
in all the wounds of the past,
and i refuse to be anywhere i need not be;
i have spent too much time waiting
going to build myself into who i was always meant to be—
you may see me trip and falter,
but i refuse to give up on me;
so many people think they know who i am
but they don't;
i am always building myself from the chaos of the ashes
to build a better flame for today.
about the writer: linda m. crate
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).