I Won’t Let Monsters Rule by Linda M. Crate

hiding behind your masks
just another boy pretending to be
a man
thinking love is a game to be played,
but life isn’t chess;
doesn’t matter if you have your queen
sometimes the king still dies
i will have your head
will slay you
because you are the jabberwocky of my life—
i cannot allow monsters
to overtake the
and i know my heart isn’t the only one
you’ve broken;
all the rotten things you’ve ever done are
somehow not your fault
always the victim and the martyr
you fall all over yourself
in love with all of your pain and your misery—
maybe i shouldn’t have fallen in love
with you,
but my heart defies expectations and believes in every
love story until it proves itself untrue like you;
i won’t let you break anyone else
the way you did me.

Linda M. Crate
Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has three published chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press – June 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon – January 2014), and If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, August 2016). Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015. The second novel of this series Dragons & Magic was published in October 2015. The third of the seven book series Centaurs & Magic was published November 2016. Her novel Corvids & Magic was published March 2017. Her novel Phoenix Tears is forthcoming.

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