Together But Not by Linda M. Crate

i remember
rain soaked skin,
and the laughter of daisies
who gave me comfort
in the fury
amidst my own storm;
you never protected me from
sorrow or rage or the cruelty of the world
never gave me wings the way lovers
should—
i gave you everything but it wasn’t enough
to satiate your greed
you weren’t cruel but you were never there,
and that was cruelty enough;
once you claimed to love me and i believed you
now i know it was a lie you said
to keep me there—
i should have run back home
my mother said i could have if something wasn’t right
instead i let you break me on every thorn of your
sorrow because you weren’t happy
unless we were both perfectly miserable,
and i will never understand why you tried to take away
my love and light;
i guess some devils just know not the depths of their depravity
because their shallow living allows them not to see anything
outside of self.

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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