Pushing Through The Darkness by Linda M. Crate

I am no one’s

Damsel in distress

I don’t need a prince

To save me,

I have always saved myself;

And I have found dragons are

often kinder than

people—

I am my own hero

always saving myself

because no one notices when

I am drowning,

strong people always have

to be there for themselves

because sometimes this is all we have;

and sometimes I get tired

wish someone would just ask me

if I were okay—

but even on my worst day

I push through the darkness to find the

light of another day

because i refuse to lose hope,

and I refuse to lose myself;

my dreams and ambitions will come true

I will work hard to achieve my goals.

-linda m. crate

even mermaids drown

sometimes the weight

of the world is too much,

and you can’t just keep

swimming;

exhaustion overtakes every part

of you as darkness looms

heavy and hard

all over your soul—

sometimes it is hard to find the light,

but I am fortunate that i always do;

I am one of the lucky mermaids

that hasn’t drowned no matter how dark the days

I have always faced them head on

because i know you cannot run from your

problems or escape your fate—

some days are hard to find the light,

but I remind myself that a life without hope

isn’t one that i want to live;

and there is always something to be grateful for

so I will appreciate goodness and kindness

no matter how small because we all need something

to hold onto when the monsters come

asking for their pound of flesh.

-linda m. crate

we all deserve light

you killed me once

I won’t let it happen again

lost my voice,

and I laid in aching

so long i became

numb;

I thought in not feeling

that it would be better

just turns out it hurts more—

I will not lose my voice

or give up my magic and my power,

daughter of the most ancient

moon I will always find new ways

to shine;

I refuse to give up on me

even if I am standing alone

I will walk the right path for me

because there are many ways to get to the

same destination

my journey is not yours and yours is not mine—

but I hope that we all achieve and fully

recognize our dreams

because I believe we all deserve light.


Linda M. Crate’s (she/her) works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of six poetry chapbooks, the latest of which is: More Than Bone Music (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, March 2019). She’s also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018). Recently she has published two full-length poetry collections Vampire Daughter (Dark Gatekeeper Gaming, February 2020) and The Sweetest Blood (Cyberwit, February 2020).

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