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The Places Which Are Mine

written by: Linda M. Crate



i am a wild bird
will fight
talon and beak
with authority
against any who seek to
destroy me and my dreams,
and i want not your cages
nor your strings;
i care not for your pedestals
nor your praise
because i have never been one
for empty words—
everything you tell me i can't do
i will
out of spite and need
to prove to myself and to you
i am stronger than we know,
and you cannot tell me how to live my life
our paths are different;
you are you and i am me and never
will we be the same—
you can try to help,
but forgive me if i do not follow your guiding hand
i mean to get to the places meant for me and me alone.

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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