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Existing Has Never Been A Sin

written by: Linda M. Crate



i was simply walking when i was greeted with,
"queer girl,
what's the time?"
i didn't understand the need for your question
so i simply shrugged my shoulders and said
that i didn't have the time;
discrimination is ugly and so is bigotry—
i don't know why your heart
decided to cloud itself in
but i am not ashamed of who i am;
or my rainbow hat which is a symbol of my
rainbow heart—
i'm queer, i'm here, and i don't care;
there's nothing wrong with someone who chooses to love
even if it is not something you can understand—
i fall in love with souls not bodies,
sometimes men and sometimes women;
but love is love
and i am not okay with people who think i am somehow lesser
because i am not straight—
no one asked for your opinion anyway,
so scald yourself on the tea;
because you deserve to be burned with the very holy water
you throw upon others as if expecting your judgment
could tear them down and make them repent of who they are
when existing has never been a sin.

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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