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you weren’t the first, 

and i’m sure you won’t be the last, 

but you gave me no room  

to be me; 

always wanting the dream 

not the reality— 


you didn’t want my nightmares, 

my dreams, or even me; 

just a perfect model of a woman 

whose silhouette would sit prettily in her cage 

to be seen and not heard or sit  

perfectly perched on her pedestal without 

complaint and perfect restraint  

of her tongue  


i have never made a good mannequin  

nor you a good god— 


always trying to tame me, hedge me in, get rid 

of my muchness you were the hand of society always 

slapping me down as if i were some insect  

to be crushed, 

but my song like the cicadas will be heard; 


my heart is wild, rebellious, and fierce and my dreams  

burn brighter than the wings of the sun and the topography 

of moon bones; 

i will scald you in the oceans of my emotions because 

no one will ever tell me how to live 

i will smash your glass ceilings and i will break your cages 

no snare or threat will ever hold me 

i will claw the eyes out of anyone who tries to hold me back 

from my dreams.



Author: Linda M. Crate
Author Bio: Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian 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 three published chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press – June 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon – January 2014), and If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, August 2016). Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015. The second novel of this series Dragons & Magic was published in October 2015. The third of the seven book series Centaurs & Magic was published November 2016. Her novel Corvids & Magic was published March 2017. 


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