Poetry: "Woken Girls" By Linda M. Crate
By Linda M. Crate
"sleeping girls are now awake"
indeed they are
because in this narrative called
life the darkness must end and dawn
must come and sometimes
nightmares come during the day,
and we are done wearing
muzzles and being sweet and submissive
perfect little dolls with our corsets
wound too tight without a morsel of thought
that belongs to our own heart or soul;
knock down all your pedestals
women are on strike
we are not your sexual gratification or
objects nor pieces of meat,
but rather living and breathing beings
with beating hearts and dreams and wings
that we will no longer allow you
we've been silent too long—
now we're going to scream into the void
until it hears us,
and we're not going to stop
because this rape culture must end and those
who rape regardless of their gender
and predilections must be
no matter what;
it's never the victim's fault
so stop putting them through the ringer
they've already have gotten
through the battle of waking up with new
eyes and old demons—
let us exorcise them
as they wake.
Linda M. Crate is a writer from Pennsylvania, USA.
"I am Linda M. Crate, a Pennsylvanian based writer. I write poetry, short stories, and novels. I am a writer and artist simply because I was called to be. I didn't choose writing, it chose me. It's made me stronger as a person as I've always been an outsider, and it's helped me cope with things I could not otherwise deal with. I am a writer because I want to change the world and I want to help heal the wounds of others and teach and instruct them if I can."
On Her Work:
"Each piece is different. Some are inspired by just figments of imagination, music, the weather outside, etc. These pieces were inspired by a rainy Saturday, surprisingly. A few words and phrases came to me and I shaped them into something more."
On Female Creators:
"I think it's important for women everywhere who are writers to share their voices. Too long (in poetry especially) it's been a male dominated career, but I feel the female perspective is important, too, and deserves to be shared. Especially by people who have actually experienced it, and aren't just speculating as to how a woman "would" or "could" feel."