“what’s going on, what’s up? tell me your name.” no. let’s get one thing cleared in the air right away: i am not your entertainment, i don’t owe you anything for existing; my mother did not push me out of her body simply so i could bring you mirth—i am not your moral compass, i am not your angel or messiah, i am a goddess of both life and death; full of divinity, magic, and truth—i am the white winged valkyrie, a phoenix who avenges dreamers who have faced nightmares like you; when i am walking down the sidewalk i want to be left alone and feel safe and secure—not casting glances over my shoulder because strangers like you feel entitled to my time, my body, and my name simply because you feel that i am somehow owed to you by the world—the world owes and gives you nothing, nor will i.
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.