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what it's like to bleed - Linda M Crate

i don't know

why he let go of his dreams,

but i understand

not wanting to burden others

with his problems;

i understand a sadness so deep and so heavy

that it takes concentration to focus

on what people are saying

but the best listeners are rarely heard—

we've got hearts of gold

in a world where we're misunderstood

our intensity and depth of emotions

aren't something people can take note of

perhaps they prefer the shallows

because oceans can drown


but i have always been me and i don't know

how to be anything less or more

than who i am;

i am always full of light

sometimes i just don't know how to find it

just want someone to sit in the dark with me

to feel as if all this suffering has meant something

has made me stronger in some way—

they say healing isn't linear,

and i hope where ever my uncle is now

he isn't suffering anymore;

because i know what it's like to bleed.


“To show how my uncle's pain directly caused me to think and influenced my own decisions. I really hope he has found peace wherever he is now.”

Linda M. Crate's poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has six 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), splintered with terror (Scars Publications, January 2018), more than bone music (Clare Songbirds Publishing, March 2019), and one micro-chapbook Heaven Instead (Origami Poems Project, May 2018). She is also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018).

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