There is Strength in Our Stories: you sang the same song – Linda M. Crate

same old song

i was vulnerable
as a rose
yet to open,
and you thought you
would force
my petals wide awake
as if you were the sun in my sky
rather than the darkest night
without moon;
i was in a deep pit of depression
just wanted to take a walk
you insisted it was late and dark
that we could talk in your room—
naïvely i listened to what you said
took it at face value,
but it soon became apparent to me
that talking was the last thing
on your mind;
i strained to watch a movie i had no interest in
just to escape your lips
you were close, too close
then you forced me to touch your dick
i recoiled
you acted as if you were the one that had any right
to be angry
only calmed down when i told you about the ex
that tried to rape me—
acting as if you were any different than
that monster
you may have worn different fangs and claws,
but you still sang the same song;
and i will forever remember that night you’ve probably long forgotten.


Linda M. Crate has been full of words and stories for as long as she remembers. Her works have been published in many magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is a two-time push cart nominee and author of six poetry chapbooks, the latest of which is “More Than Bone Music” (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, March 2019). She is also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018).

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