A Million Universes

i was stripped of my voice once

laid in a lowly place

where i lived,

but my heart was dead;

my ships no longer knew how to sail

until i met her

and she woke the dreaming in me

when i thought it was dead—

so i won’t let the howling ghosts of the past

come back to haunt me

these nightmares cannot cut me into whispers


i have a voice and i will raise it against

anyone who would take from me my dreams

too many men want me on pedestals or in chains

or gilded cages,

and i won’t have that;

i am wild, i am fierce, and i am independent—

don’t need anyone to tell me how to be me because

my path is mine and mine alone to walk

they see me as some little bird they can keep to themselves,

but i am a white raven whose talons are sharper

than the silver song of the moon;

i am the keeper

of golden moons and rainbow dreams

did they really think they could ever contain me?

i am not a liquid or a solid or a gas

just a woman whose bones and skin are wrapped around

a thousand universes

each dotted with millions of stars all shining at once,

and i won’t allow myself to be swallowed

in the black hole of their acceptance or approval;

because i have no need for their boxes

or their judgment.




Author: Linda M. Crate
Email: veritaserumvial@hotmail.com
Author Bio: Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvania native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her 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).
Link to social media or website: https://www.facebook.com/Linda-M-Crate-129813357119547/

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