let me live mine | linda m. crate – potential triggers/suicide

potential triggers/suicide

let me live mine

i remember the boy who was openly gay, always bullied and criticized until one day he took his own life; and i buried my truth down inside me because i promised myself that i would live— but is it truly living when you cannot be yourself? i try to be a good person, do the right thing, help others, and i always love unconditionally; yet i am judged for my rainbow heart— how is that fair? how is that right? is it what love should be? judging people who don't live the same as you? not everyone follows the same religion or believes the same things, but somehow who i love is offensive to you? why? mind your own life, and let me live mine.

Linda M. Crate (she/her) is a Pennsylvanian writer whose works have been published widely both online and in print. She has twelve published poetry chapbooks, the latest being: Searching Stained Glass Windows For An Answer (Alien Buddha Press, December 2022).
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