Poetry: "Learn To Dream" By Linda M. Crate
Learn To Dream
By Linda M. Crate
you called them
but you never understood me
never even tried;
insisted i didn't fathom you
but why should i want to know
the edge of the oppressors
was it not enough that you wounded
an apology would have sufficed then,
but now my temper flares bright;
when i think of all the times
you hurt me—
i will always love you
even then i did,
but i am no longer going to try
to be the perfect daughter
because it's obvious
i will never fit into your shallow opinion
of what a woman should be;
i am more than just a chore-doer
or child bearer or wife or daughter or
i am a writer, an author, a poet,
a dreamer, a fighter, a lover, and an activist
for all the things i believe in;
perhaps you should get
and learn how to dream.
Linda M. Crate is a writer from Pennsylvania.
"My name is Linda M. Crate. I am a creator. A writer: poet, author, short story writer, essayist, etc. I am a girl from a small town with big dreams because like Belle I always knew there was more than this provincial life. I've come to realize, though, living in a city I actually miss the timelessness and beauty of the country - but each has it's benefits and drawbacks."
On Female Creators:
"I feel it is important to me to give my perspective because I was born a story teller. I loved to hear and listen to stories, but I always loved adding my own voice to things. I started writing poetry and fanfiction as a young girl and teen before I found my voice and broke into writing my own stories, novels, etc. along with my poems. I feel it is important to give our perspectives as the literary world is proliferated by the opinions and thoughts of men who don't always get the female perspective right, in my humble opinion. I'm sure the opposite is true, too, but in a culture where women are still facing the hurdles we are today; it is important that someone hears and acknowledges us. It is important to stand up for what we believe in and what we know to be right. We're not 'bitches'. We're not simply maidens, mothers, or crones. We are so much more than that. That is why it is so vital to get our voice out there and be heard. There are so many that want to write us off as simply being "emotional" or tell us that our opinions don't matter, but I'll be damned if I didn't try to do something to smash the patriarchy. The "fathers" of our country seem to be rather lacking in helping us. Especially now."
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