Moody Coconut Girl by Linda M Crate

Linda M Crate is a Pennsylvanian native whose poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She’s authored three chapbooks (A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn, Less Than A Man, and If Tomorrow Never Comes) as well as four fantasy novels (Blood & Magic, Dragons & Magic, Centaurs & Magic, and Corvids & Magic). Her newest novel, Phoenix Tears, is forthcoming.


Moody Coconut Girl


I forgot that,
Because I’m a woman
With doe eyes,
I’m supposed to be an innocent,
Fragile thing,
Ready to fall open before any man,
Like a flower,
Without talking back
Or answering with a quip
Or fantasizing about breaking
His jaw.
But I’m not the girl society wants me to be.
I’m rough around the edges,
Can be as savage as I’m beautiful.
I don’t really care what you think—
If you don’t like me then you can leave;
There’s no law saying that you must be in my life.
I’m an acquired taste,
For the refined palette.
My songs are my own and they are mine,
Because I won’t be a slave
To anyone.

Linda can be contacted via Twitter.