Slaying Narcissus | by Linda M. Crate

we are not the same
you will hear
my voice
i am the harpy of your nightmares
will tear away your sunsets
until all they do is bleed
i am not your
but i am the one you should have
instead you took me for granted
so you’ll pay the consequences
i am a daughter of the
i will not be
told you once that i had a temper
you laughed in my face
told me that i
but my claws disagree with that notion;
i hope that you’re ready narcissus
to face the music
of your





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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