we don't need more monsters by Linda M. Crate
one should be free to express themselves,
shouldn't be an uprising against people
being who they truly are;
people in the lgbtq+ community want
acceptance for who they are,
but you're always trying to undermine us—
are you so insecure in yourself that you have
to take it out on others who are
fighting tooth and claw to find their place
in a world that tries to minimize their
pain and their validity?
love is love,
and you should be celebrating;
rainbows are beautiful
full of vibrance and colors,
but i guess you hate the days full of rain;
i understand we all go through storms
but it is never okay to make your pain a weapon
that wounds others—
in a world full of nightmares
we don't need more monsters.
Linda M. Crate's works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of seven poetry chapbooks, the latest of which is: the samurai (Yellow Arrow Publishing, October 2020). She's also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018). Recently she has published three full-length poetry collections Vampire Daughter (Dark Gatekeeper Gaming, February 2020), The Sweetest Blood (Cyberwit, February 2020), and Mythology of My Bones (Cyberwit, August 2020).