Linda M. Crate

won’t be reduced to insecurities

i wish i always felt like i were
some days i know i am with such 
yet others i feel the external pressures
of the world pressing down on me
as i remember all the words that told me
i was inadequate in some way—

but it was their judgment 
without understanding or empathy
that made me introspective,
and fall inward upon my own 
imagination and understanding of the world;

and so i will never be ashamed that
i decided to follow my heart and my 
dreams instead of the crowd—

they don't remember who they are,
but i know who i am;

the woman full of magic and power
who can make worlds from 
only words—

i am not the first and perhaps not the last,
but i am a creation of my own merit;

i won't be reduced to insecurities.
-linda m. crate 

a single dream 
as the butterflies danced
i felt such peace,
and such joy;

i like watching butterflies
they always remind me magic
exists in this world with their
wings of whimsy—

dragonflies do this, too,
even if my mother says they once
scared her;

there's just something about 
winged things that makes me believe
in miracles and hold onto hope
even when it seems like darkness is
swallowing us whole 

i forever believe in the light
because i know a single dream
can change everything.

Linda M. Crate (she/her) is a Pennsylvanian writer. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has seven 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 House, March 2019), and the samurai (Yellow Arrowing Publishing, October 2020), and two micro-chapbooks Heaven Instead (Origami Poems Project, May 2018) and moon mother (Origami Poems Project, March 2020). She is also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018). She also has three full-length poetry collections, the latest being Mythology of My Bones (Cyberwit, August 2020).

Flights. Issue Two, September 2021