Learned My Lesson by Linda M. Crate

i finally learned my lesson
won’t bite an apples & won’t be evicted
from any other gardens
i won’t believe in anything that seems
too good to be true
in a person
i will follow only my heart and my dreams
being true to who i am and healing the world
with my love and light
because i don’t need a man when i am an ocean,
zillions of worlds and realms and words,
and a wild fire that will never
be tamed;
i am a rose who remembers her thorns
will cut you should you come sniffing around here again
because you’re just a silver tongued serpent
the very thing nightmares are made from
one day every monster like you
will be slain.

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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