Felling Monsters | by Linda M. Crate

so many nightmares in this world
you’re just another monster
whose masks i will
if he comes too close because i am
a dreamweaver full of love, hope, and peace;
but i will not forget how you broke
me to pieces just because you
because you mistook my kindness for weakness
i will show you the insecurities that bubble
and froth beneath your own skin their
putrid potion—
you are the dark witch looking for hearts to devour,
and i am the light one;
hunting you
until one day there will be a moment where one of us can
be no more and since you’ve already killed me
i will not die again
my arrows will fly and they will strike you straight through your masks
into the heart of you and you will fall to your knees—
you’ll try to say something to curse me
so i’ll cut out your treacherous, lying tongue before you can;
and you will stare at me in wonder as you fall
wondering where my mercy went
i only give mercy to those who wish to repent and those who deserve it,
but monsters who hurt others will not be given any consideration
when i fell them.




Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvania 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 three published chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press – June 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon – January 2014), and If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, August 2016). 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 novels Corvids & Magic and Phoenix Tears are forthcoming.



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