Holding Onto Dreams (c) Linda Crate

holding onto dreams

I remember

being bullied as a child

for everything:

being shy, my weight,

the color of my eyes,

my laugh, my refusal to

drink underage,

my clothes, my sensitivity—

anything perceived as weakness

was a weapon they’d use

against me,

it wasn’t until my uncle

took his own life

I realized that i didn’t want to die

just wanted the pain inside

of me to wither away

like a flower before winter;

and I feel so guilty for being so lost

inside my own pain

that I didn’t realize he had struggles

of his own—

but he told me to chase my dreams

relentlessly and never let them go,

and so, I am here holding onto this anthem;

hoping one day I can make him proud.

Linda M. Crate’s poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has six published chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press – June 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon – January 2014), If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, August 2016), My Wings Were Made to Fly (Flutter Press, September 2017), splintered with terror (Scars Publications, January 2018), more than bone music (Clare Songbirds Publishing, March 2019), and one micro-chapbook Heaven Instead (Origami Poems Project, May 2018). She is also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Productions, June 2018).

Follow Linda on twitter @thysilverdoe


Photo by Guillaume de Germain on Unsplash.



By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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