Linda M. Crate’s
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 three full-length poetry collections Vampire Daughter (Dark Gatekeeper Gaming, February 2020), The Sweetest Blood (Cyberwit, February 2020), and Mythology of My Bones (Cyberwit, August 2020).
there is light
i’ve been fighting a war
my whole life
because i’m a woman who doesn’t
want to play by the rules
of the patriarchy,
they’ve always tried to silence the
roar of my waves;
but i am woman hear me smash
your glass houses and shatter the glass
of your ceilings—
i know there is more than the status quo,
and i want a world much better
than this fiasco of chaos and nightmares;
i deserve a world where i can be
appreciated for both my beauty and my power—
i deserve to live in the world of my dreams
because i exist to remind the world
there is light.
in case you’ve forgotten
when men have carnal desires
they’re such naughty seductive creatures,
but when women do they’re just sluts;
as someone who’s dated a man whore
i can tell you that enough is enough—
women aren’t succubae’s just because we
enjoy and want and crave sex,
and we’re not depraved for having needs
just the same as you;
but if i’m such a succubus then you must be
an imp because you knew exactly
what i meant—
instead of policing people’s sex lives
maybe feed the poor, house the homeless,
and take care of the widows;
that’s what your book tells you to do
in case you’ve forgotten.
another good man?
they tell me
you’re a good man or they try to,
but i remember how you
forced me to kiss you & how you tried to
take my first flowers;
even through my firmest no’s—
i just want to know,
why is a woman’s worth and word
less than that of a man?
why was it okay that you tried to
or that you came to my college
to say: “i bet you don’t remember me”?
i wonder exactly what the qualities
of good men are? because i don’t want
to know another good man.