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Always Craving Freedom

always craving freedom

written by: Linda M. Crate



i have always felt trapped
my bones are too heavy
just want to escape into weightless skies
with these wings
mostly by those who claimed to love me,
but didn’t know how;
i am sick of cages, pedestals, and snares—
these unhealing wounds
sing so loudly sometimes that i almost
believe the past can be stronger than the future
my tears still fall like rain
they tell me to let go
i can’t
all the scars i remember and sometimes
new wounds are torn into old scars and i scream but they ignore me,
and i feel myself falling beneath the water and i fight
for the light trying to claw my own way
out of the darkness
because i learned early on you have to save yourself
no one will be your hero;
and i have been failed so many times by people who say
they love me—
so when i break out of the surface of the water,
and they poison my good mood i fought so hard for
i find myself retreating within myself
because all i want is freedom from the rage and the despair and the pain
they don’t understand.

Linda M. Crate

Linda M. Crate

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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