you made yourself
out to be
some hero
bet you think you could
take down the minotaur
or dance with
a beautiful nymph and convince
her that you were heaven
on earth?
you probably think your
very step produces ambrosia in your wake,
consider me your reality check;
i am the valkyrie that will come
smashing down through the forest leaves
from above with arrows sent down
by the moon and sun: my parents—
you painted me the villain
when it was really you,
and i know when i am finished people
may believe your side of the story
despite mine being the one that was the truth;
but let people think what they will
i wasn’t born for their approval—
warriors don’t lose sleep over the opinion of sheep. 
-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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