Poem: linda m. crate
i’m going to shine
despite my fears, despite my angers and my tears; i press forward, i march on—time is relentless, but so are my dreams and i cannot let the nightmares swallow me whole; so i rise from every villain haunting my dreams refusing myself to become those same monsters—i can see them waiting, wanting, willing me to fall; but i refuse to stop taking the path that i know is my own because so few understand my path of solitude and peace—they say people need other people, but some of us only need silence; sometimes we've trusted so many people that we've learned we can only rely on ourselves in the end because people will always let you down—sometimes i think i am better off forgotten, in my land of dreams and hopes; people draw out all my insecurities and doubts but when i am alone i can dream of something better and provide myself an escape—only nature seems to know my secrets and understand my wild, untamed nature; across the stars i see the light that echoes in my bones—i have never been destined to anything less than shine.
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).