At the Bay & Other Poems by Linda M. Crate

It’s the Little Things

Linda M. Crate takes us through an array of little things to soak in as we cap off the work week! Her words may even inspire you to seek some waterfront nature to enjoy!

at the bay
the bay brings me joy
perhaps not as much as
the ocean,
but a joy of it’s own
with the observation tower
and colorful murals on the pavement;
taking boat rides on
both scallywags and the victorian princess
or even just observing the beauty of
the sky flecked against the
and even watching the loud and noisy gulls
little specks of white against
a blue sky and bay bringing a little
contrast of color
blooming like my favorite flowers
against the sky.
-linda m. crate

rare summer breeze
little flowers
of so many colors

it’s a soft joy
that embraces me

each petal telling
a story of a seed
growing up out of the
darkness to kiss
the sky,

and every flower
makes me happy;

but especially my favorites:
lilies, sunflowers, and hibiscus
dancing tenderly in the rare
summer breeze.
-linda m. crate

flying between the waves of the sea
when i am standing on the ocean
my feet buried in the sand,
watching the waves
twist and turn and sing with rimes
of the ancient mariner;
i feel peace
as the water carries out every
burden that wasn’t mine to carry
instead replacing it with shells
or crabs scuttling across
the sand—
and to me there’s nothing prettier
than when the ocean meets the sky,
kissing as if they’re lovers;
as if a mermaid and a faerie could
be lovers
flying between the waves of the
sea sharing only love and a song
two pretty lyrics
not easily forgotten.
-linda m. crate

enjoy the day
there is joy
in the little things:
flowers blooming,
autumn trees,
oceans lilting,
crows dancing in the sky,
puffy white clouds
drifting slowly by,
creek songs,
meeting up with friends,
rainbows after the rain,
pockets of buildings
covered in ivy,
spending time alone,
books and friendships forged
on the love of such books,
anime and reading,
writing and dreaming,
finding one’s voice and passion;
sunny days and moonlit nights—
not to mention rainy day
lulls, summer breezes,
the beauty of winters tears glittering
in starlight and sunlight both;
there is joy in everything you just have
to dust away the worries and embrace
moments as they come—
no one knows what tomorrow may bring
so enjoy today.
-linda m. crate

even in the darkness
i miss sewing
the concentration
was worth it in the end

pieces of fabric
became the first outfit
my sister wore in the hospital,

a baby quilt and a little
fabric bear;

they said i would press the pedal
of the machine the way my
mother hit the gas pedal—

yet in the end
i still managed to create
beautiful things,

and i find there is beauty in
creating things still:
necklaces, poems, books;
and anything else i feel inspired
to make—

life can be bitter sweet so to me
i try to focus on the sweet
because even in the darkness
light can be found.
-linda m. crate


Linda M. Crate’s works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of six poetry chapbooks, the latest of which is: More Than Bone Music (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, March 2019). She’s also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018). Recently she has published two full-length poetry collections Vampire Daughter (Dark Gatekeeper Gaming, February 2020) and The Sweetest Blood (Cyberwit, February 2020).

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