i take no prisoners by Linda m. Crate

i take no prisoners by Linda M. Crate


they like my insecurities, my plagues, my doubts;

and when they can knock me to my knees

but they do not like that i am fierce, wild, and strong;

they like it when i am silent not when i am loud

but i am not all flowers and trees sometimes i am the

rage of a thousand moons and the tongue of an angry sun—


they want to control me,

mold me and make me into their image;


but i have always resisted because

i was born to be me and i do not care what they think

of me any longer—


they want to feast on me,

but these bones will cut them on the cusp of their happiness

dragging them into the wells of despair

they wish upon others;


because i am the immortal daughter of the moon

and i take no prisoners.




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 seven published chapbooks A MermaidCrashing 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 House, March 2019), and the samurai(Yellow Arrowing Publishing, October 2020), and two micro-chapbooks Heaven Instead (Origami Poems Project, May 2018) and moon mother (Origami Poems Project, March 2020). She is also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018). She also has three full-length poetry collections, the latest being Mythology of My Bones (Cyberwit, August 2020).


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