the princess looked out of her tower,
sighing to the dragon:
“there’s too many village idiots,
and not enough dragons.”
the dragon, she quite agreed;
for she and the princess had grown
up together
many moons and she had seen the way
these men did nothing more than covet her beauty—
“what shall we do then, princess?”
“let’s rewrite the story.”
“let’s leave. i know there’s adventure in this world,
i don’t need any man.”
the dragon nodded her approval,
and together the two escaped;
the king and queen lost their treasure in a moment
because they didn’t appreciate their daughter
only saw her as a pawn to bring riches to their kingdom,
and so in searching for gold they lost their ruby.
-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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