Necessary Growth by Linda M. Crate

there were only two voices
i could believe
yours or the woman glancing at me through
the looking glass,
and both terrified me;
they both promised me pain—
yet the woman seemed kinder for she did
not tell me that i was a monster
or i deserved this pain
she simply said
i had to shed this moment like snakeskin,
and that i would always be beautiful
no matter how much i was suffering;
i was almost afraid that it were a lie because
you seemed too good to be true too—
she was patient
as i struggled with the reality you gave me
where everything was my fault and i broke my own heart
and i was some monster that you just
couldn’t bring yourself to love,
but one day i realized that she was right and this wasn’t
the end of me;
i had to forget winter if i were every to have spring
so i took her hand—
pulling me through the looking glass
was hard
but remaining where you left me would have been worse
growth was necessary.

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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