you are not better
than those who you strip
and i don’t understand
how hearts cannot ache for all those
who are wounded;
a cycle of pain can be broken
but a person once shattered cannot be
left without scars—
how can anyone be so cold hearted
as to hurt children
even if the media isn’t completely honest
why are these people in cages?
people don’t like to see animals in kennels
so why are they silent to the suffering of others?
blowing out someone else’s candles
will never make yours shine brighter
light like joy must come from within,
and those who desperately fight for the light
without having any are rather sad individuals;
but at least they are getting proper meals and adequate rest
the state of the world saddens me—
i know there has always been evil in this world,
but does that mean we condone it?
no, we must fight, we must stop the wickedness
that we can or else we are no better than those
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.