you told me

i would never make it,

and i have so far

to go;

but i’m not holding my breath

expecting you to believe in me

because i always had to believe in

myself and my dreams

before anyone else saw them come

true—

just know that one day

the foundation of your cruel words

will be the stepping stones

to my success

as i prove you and everyone else who ever

doubted my wings wrong

because baby i was born to fly

higher than the highest skies

who are you to tell me the sky is the limit?

i am limitless,

and one day you will see this truth as

plain as the eyes on your face.


About the Author:

1922510_704989619601915_4888172374859430408_nLinda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has three published chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press – June 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon – January 2014), and If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, August 2016). Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015. The second novel of this series Dragons & Magic was published in October 2015. The third of the seven book series Centaurs & Magic was published November 2016. Her novels Corvids & Magic and Phoenix Tears are forthcoming.

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