Taking Flight by Linda M. Crate

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December 5, 2015 by northerncardinalreview

even wild canaries
brave the wilderness
and so i must
remember to be brave
to fly when sometimes i wish to
hide
because a moment once gone
cannot be recovered,
and these birds weren’t going to break
their wings simply so they could
not fly;
they sing a song even in their
fear they will not stop
using their voices
so i will always use mine—
nature has taught me much i could not be
taught by people
arrogant distant and cold they are all
so self-involved,
and so i let even the most gentle and ferocious
of creatures give me lessons
they’ve taught me so much more than man
unkind could ever hope to learn me.

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. Recently her two chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press – June 2013) and Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon – January 2014) were published. Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015.
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