Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Poem by Linda M. Crate

raven song

i am a raven
my feathers shimmer in the sun
also have my talons
for keeping outsiders out and
to avenge myself
against those who would hurt me,
but rarely have i ever stood
up for myself,
always i protect others instead
because it has always
felt right--
i am a raven and i have a song to
sing but no one ever wants
to listen to my words
as if my voice were harsh and more grating
than nails on a chalkboard as if they
could not grasp the weightiness
of my meaning.

Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville.  She currently resides in Meadville.  Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print.  Recently her two chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Intro Dawn (Fowlpox Press - June 2013) and Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon - January 2014) were published.

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