Poetry: "neither does anyone else" by Linda M. Crate

neither does anyone else
By Linda M. Crate

Pennsylvania

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"you don't go out with anyone?!"
for you, darling,
i'll be busy every day for the rest of my life
no means no
i don't understand why that's such a hard pill
to swallow
don't know how you can be so offended
by someone you don't even know
objecting to a proposal
as if you cannot accept someone saying anything
other than yes;
and i tire of men like you
feeling entitled to me and my body simply because
you find me attractive
in some way, shape, or form—
no is the freedom in which i free myself from the
obligation of dealing with men like you
because i will have no snare, no chain, no gilded cage
thrust upon me;
for too many years i remained meek and demure
perfectly agreeable even when i disliked
the notions being presented
now that i've refound my voice i find that no is my favorite word
to say to people like you
who think i owe you something simply for existing
because i don't
& neither does anyone else.


Linda M. Crate is a writer from Pennsylvania. 

"I am a Pennsylvanian based writer whose poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published widely both online and in print. I have currently have five published books of poetry: 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), My Wings Were Made to Fly (Flutter Press, September 2017), and splintered with terror (Scars Publications, January 2018."

On Their Work: 

"My poem 'neither does anyone else' was inspired by one of the many creepers who would hit on me at work, and it made me very uncomfortable. I have to be there so it's not like I can just run away, but I really didn't want to be subjected to him harassing me, either. If someone says no regardless of their gender then just accept that and move on. There's no reason to be a complete jerk about it."

On Creators:

"I feel everyone has a story to tell in some shape or form. Whether it's through writing, jewelry making, metal work, pottery, painting, woodworking, music, modeling, acting, or any other art in combination or separate of these. For too long women's voices have been spoken over, swept under the rug, or simply ignored. It is important that we speak out and up about the matters that are important because if we don't let them know that we're not going to stand for something it is liable to continue. I don't want to sit around and see all of women's rights disappear simply because no one was willing to fight hard and valiantly for them. We shouldn't disappear quietly back into an age and time in history where women needed to be seen and not heard because that's not fair and it's not right. "

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