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the balm of my existence by Linda M. Crate

the balm of my existence 


i could drink to better futures

a world where discrimination

was nipped in the bud,

and people were truly allowed

to be themselves;

and people didn't try to smother

others with their beliefs and opinions

as if they were facts—

i could drink to better futures

where people weren't 

persecuted for being different,

my entire life i never fit in;

pretended to be straight for so long

i almost believed it 

but i am done hiding who i am

or being locked behind that closet—

everyone might not understand,

but everyone is not for me anyway;

that's okay

i will keep speaking my mythos

and my language until my people 

find me—

rescued from reality,

i find fantasy the balm of my existence;

give me dragons and give me vampires

i want elves and faeries and forbidden magical forests

over humanity any day.




Linda M. Crate's works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of six poetry chapbooks, the latest of which is: More Than Bone Music (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, March 2019). She's also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018). Recently she has published two full-length poetry collections Vampire Daughter (Dark Gatekeeper Gaming, February 2020) and The Sweetest Blood (Cyberwit, February 2020). Linda can be found on Twitter at @thysilverdoe. 

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