beautiful like you

escaping from the grisly reports
of what they want us to believe
reality is
i fall into the rabbit hole of nature or fantasy
sometimes both intertwined

because the truth is our reality is shaped by
our perceptions and experiences in this world
none of us has a prefectly clean lens
so have no fear of perfection it is not ours to hold
just follow your heart and your dreams

if i listened to everything told me i wouldn’t be able to do
then i’d be laying broken and alone in some hole
all my life i have been different and strange
yet i find there’s something more beautiful in the broken
than there is in those that are whole and without scar

we have an authenticity that cannot be faked
let us have our roots be so far in that they can't rip us from ourselves
because in a world that is always trying to fold us into our own image
we must be true to our own hearts and be who we truly are
because we are all blooming beautifully in our own way.


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 four 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), and My Wings Were Made To Fly (Flutter Press, September 2017). 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.