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an ill matched beat

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an ill matched beat

by Linda M. Crate

there is a
to everything in life,
and our dance
was a clumsy one
the music was
always off;
but i loved it all the same because
i am the girl who learned to love
things even if they were
because there’s a magic and beauty
to every living thing—
yet you sought
to cage me,
and take away my spirit;
make me full of domestication and tameness
when i am meant to be wild and free
burning bright as celestial stars—
one day you’ll find
the love you rejected will one day
reject you
because your heart is the coldest winter
i have ever weathered treading into spring and
killing her flowers simply because
you could,
but i regret nothing of this;
my love has always been my strongest magic
one day perhaps the light will cut through your dark
heart and make it melodious again.


headshotLinda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet  raised in the rural town of Conneautville. She has three published chapbooks: A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press, 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon, 2014), and If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, 2016). Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015. The second novel of this series, Dragons & Magic, was published in October 2015. Her third novel, Centaurs & Magic, was published November 2016. Her poetry collection Sing Your Own Song is forthcoming through Barometric Pressures Series.



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