you were not hades
loyal to his one wife
you were poseidon
taking whatever you wanted
leaving me bereft and aching;
since the gods won’t punish you
i will
because i need to avenge
medusa and all my foremothers made
out to be monsters because we went
against the grain of men and what they
told us we ought to be 
sometimes to be a woman is a war,
but i won’t stop fighting until we’ve won this;
you can run but you cannot hide—
we are the daughters of the amazons,
the gorgons, and the other sisters and daughters
you labeled as monsters simply because
they refused to be controlled;
we will not be silenced nor shall we be killed
not this time—this time we take our thrones
and our crowns and our kingdoms back: we are queens.
-linda m. crate 

About the Author

Linda M. Crate’s works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of six poetry chapbooks, the latest of which is: More Than Bone Music (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, March 2019). She’s also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018) and two micro-poetry collections. Recently she has published two full-length poetry collections Vampire Daughter (Dark Gatekeeper Gaming, February 2020) and The Sweetest Blood (Cyberwit, February 2020).


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