Linda M. Crate

Late HW today: Poetry by Linda M. Crate!


you can have who i was

you left me

feeling so naked and bare

exposed to the elements,

and ever questioning



no one ever minds

their own business

especially when you tell them to

i could see them trying to pry

apart the secret of me


i clung to you

thinking you'd give me safety

instead you threw me to

the wolves

i was slaying my own dragons like always—


maybe i should have listened

to my instincts that told me to run

instead of my heart which insisted that you

were good when you were clearly

a rotten apple with an angel's face


i was your cinderella left in the wood

you were a prince charming unfair and untrue

so i peel away all that i was and give her to you

because i am a new woman now

i don't need all the vulnerability i once was.


i reassured myself

one day you'll be exposed

for the fraud you are

won't take my revenge

because that's beneath me


i know heaven has sweeter karma

than i could ever hit you with

so i will watch as everything embracing

you in its warmth becomes coldness


i don't want you knocking on my door

asking for my summer's heat

when you were always winter's son

trying to splinter me with nightmares to destroy


my dreams and my hopes,

and it nearly worked

took me so long to recover myself;

had to weave myself a new tapestry


reminded myself that i was a warrior of love and light

that my magic and my beauty were all my own

i was worth more than you could ever possess and that's

why you discredited me for everything i was.


Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has four 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), and My Wings Were Made to Fly (Flutter Press, September 2017). Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015. The second novel of this series Dragons & Magic was published in October 2015. The third of the seven book series Centaurs & Magic was published November 2016. Her novel Corvids & Magic was published March 2017.

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