Power of the Dreamers

i want to live, truly live
not simply exist;
they tell me that i must
but sometimes i am so exhausted
it hurts to go on—

don't understand why people
are such savages
to other
did they not remember they could be
something more than monsters?

i only want my hopes and dreams
to be realities,
and i don't think that's a sin;
don't fathom why i should be classed
a villain because i struggle—

is it because they see the power of those
who persevere and seek to
destroy us?

well, our roots are deep in the earth
because we know we need
support and strength from something
inside of ourselves that no one will give us;
we, dreamers, are stronger than we look
having the power and the knowledge that we
are the only we in the universe and we will use our light
to destroy all those who seek to shatter us.

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. Her novel Phoenix Tears is forthcoming.