i will never let
someone 
define who i am
nor will i allow someone
the power to destroy me,
i realize i have a magic
and a voice all my own;
both are necessary
to conquer the titans that still
roam the universe—
i rose from the burial
you gave me
on unsure and awkward legs,
had to relearn how to light my fires from
within;
but i gave up the weight of worlds
that was not mine to carry—
you may have buried a spring goddess,
but i came out a goddess of both
flowers and death;
persephone reborn with a vengeance
and a spite—
take these thorns,
a chaos meant for you,
they will rip you to all the ribbons
you cut into my heart
before i died.
-linda m. crate 

About the Author

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) and two micro-poetry collections. 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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