not everyone is ready for spring

the earth is dressed in 
a song of white,
some people are unhappy;
but i consider it a blessing—

not everyone is ready
for spring and flowers and

some of us find blessings in
the softness and solace of the
silence in winter;

i have heard too many happy songs
when i am somber so let me cling to these
last lyrics of diamonds and coldness
as i wrap myself up cozy in blankets,
drifting away into worlds of my own creation.

by Linda M. Crate

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 ten published chapbooks the latest being: Hecate’s Child (Alien Buddha Publishing, November 2021) and three micro-chapbooks Heaven Instead (Origami Poems Project, May 2018), moon mother (Origami Poems Project, March 2020), and & so I believe (Origami Poems Project, April 2021). She is also the author of the novella Mates (Alien Buddha Publishing, March 2022).

photo credit: Egor Kamelev