i am a phoenix
my tears 
will heal you,
but my fires will burn 
you;
always i will rise 
from the ashes
death has no claim on me—
you wanted to be arm candy
seen but never heard,
agreeing with everything even when
you were wrong;
thought yourself a wolf but it wasn’t
a dire wolf, for certain—
just a whisper of a wolf chased 
away from the others
because you aren’t loyal or true to anyone
not even yourself,
and i am just the bird to burn you 
to ashes;
because some girls are princesses waiting
for their princes to save them—
i am the queen ready for her checkmate.
-linda m. crate 

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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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