i won’t be 
cassandra cursed
by the lust of 
a man
if truth be told if i could choose
any occupation it would be punisher
of the gods;
apollo wouldn’t be the prime
defendant in my court of law—
zeus would pay and pay and pay and pay
for every eternity any world will ever know,
and i would get poseidon for what he did to medusa;
even athena and aphrodite would deal with 
my wrath—
and hermes with his wiles
for tricking pandora into opening
the box,
and i would be pleased to know
that even gods weren’t 
above the law;
but since that position doesn’t exist
i will carry this rage in me and defeat every injustice
that i am able to defeat instead—
you provoked the moon daughter’s wrath
so i will burn you so you realize
you are not the sun you thought you were.
-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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