ever since the election results
i have felt unease,
but i will not
stop fighting
tooth and nail against everything this
administration stands for
because hatred and bigotry against anyone
is not okay;
no one would choose to live a life
where they knew they were
no one should be forced to die in a closet
afraid and hating who they are
because love isn't something to be shamed for,
but hatred is—
not every person of one religion can be blamed
for the actions of few
because i know that if every christian were condemned
for the acts in the crusades there would be
and so how can you stand for any muslim to be killed
or persecuted in the name of your
i am repulsed and sickened by all the rage and fear i see
on the daily
because this world should be a place where everyone
can live regardless of who they are and what they believe
without fear of death and destruction.

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 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.