She Protects Me, poetry written by Linda M. Crate at

She Protects Me

She Protects Me

written by: Linda M. Crate



she isn’t evil
like i was always taught,
just another piece
of me;

the dark feminine
begged me to hear her but i was
afraid to acknowledge her

told that one should avoid the
darkness not make friends with it—

but she grabbed my hand and made me realize
we are one, there can be no light
without darkness;

she isn’t evil but she does have fangs
and we’ll be respected or you’ll be dead to us—

we drink tea together now,
and i embrace my shadows
because i know without them
i wouldn’t see the wings of my light;

and she isn’t grotesque or vile
like i always thought

she protects me from being shattered by the patriarchy.

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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