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we both didn't learn love

we both didn't learn love

by  linda m. crate

i know

you think you are brave

speaking out what

you believe is wrong,

but you are not brave;

you've always been a coward

condemning things you

do not know

hating them

it's a wonder you never disliked me

because i was not a book you've

ever read—

you may have known of me,

but you didn't know me truly;

if you did

you would know i would have none

of your unkindness

if you did

you would know once i fell in love with

a girl

if you did

you would understand that gay bashing

were unacceptable to me

even if we both grew up in churches

we both didn't learn love.

Linda 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 five published chapbooks 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).

i do not want your strength

these bones whisper

these bones whisper