Pushing Through The Darkness by Linda M. Crate

I am no one’s

Damsel in distress

I don’t need a prince

To save me,

I have always saved myself;

And I have found dragons are

often kinder than


I am my own hero

always saving myself

because no one notices when

I am drowning,

strong people always have

to be there for themselves

because sometimes this is all we have;

and sometimes I get tired

wish someone would just ask me

if I were okay—

but even on my worst day

I push through the darkness to find the

light of another day

because i refuse to lose hope,

and I refuse to lose myself;

my dreams and ambitions will come true

I will work hard to achieve my goals.

-linda m. crate

even mermaids drown

sometimes the weight

of the world is too much,

and you can’t just keep


exhaustion overtakes every part

of you as darkness looms

heavy and hard

all over your soul—

sometimes it is hard to find the light,

but I am fortunate that i always do;

I am one of the lucky mermaids

that hasn’t drowned no matter how dark the days

I have always faced them head on

because i know you cannot run from your

problems or escape your fate—

some days are hard to find the light,

but I remind myself that a life without hope

isn’t one that i want to live;

and there is always something to be grateful for

so I will appreciate goodness and kindness

no matter how small because we all need something

to hold onto when the monsters come

asking for their pound of flesh.

-linda m. crate

we all deserve light

you killed me once

I won’t let it happen again

lost my voice,

and I laid in aching

so long i became


I thought in not feeling

that it would be better

just turns out it hurts more—

I will not lose my voice

or give up my magic and my power,

daughter of the most ancient

moon I will always find new ways

to shine;

I refuse to give up on me

even if I am standing alone

I will walk the right path for me

because there are many ways to get to the

same destination

my journey is not yours and yours is not mine—

but I hope that we all achieve and fully

recognize our dreams

because I believe we all deserve light.

Linda M. Crate’s (she/her) works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of six poetry chapbooks, the latest of which is: More Than Bone Music (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, March 2019). She’s also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018). Recently she has published two full-length poetry collections Vampire Daughter (Dark Gatekeeper Gaming, February 2020) and The Sweetest Blood (Cyberwit, February 2020).

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