Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Three Poems by Linda M. Crate


you reduce me to
harpy cries
shrieking fury and revenge
for you know
nothing of love which
you claimed you had for me,
and i hope you
the fire of my eyes as you
lay with her;
hope you
remember the way i smiled,
and the fragrance of my
once a cheat
always a cheat because
you're not sincere
enough to make a change
you only want
comes easily
and one day you'll see
you were wrong
about me;
i know you think you had
the best of me,
but that's yet to come
don't think like caroline because
your crap does smell;
and your body
is not the ancient adonis
beautiful and maintained
you're just a fallen
whose forgotten his warmth
simply to manufacture
a carbon copy of the
word into being--
you are a
holding yourself erect so
proudly and you
claim your love for God,
but it is false
as evidenced by the
way you treat people and
the way you treated
tell me little, liar,
was i ever beautiful to you
or would any girl
have done?
but what does it matter now
all these winters
in the end you will
get yours and that
shallow love you gave me
will fuck you over
nothing is left
but a broken heart, a shard of a soul.

no little red

one day
i'm the dish, the doll you
you want and a week later you
stop returning my
i was fine before you walked into
my life
why did you have to play with
my heart and toy with my
i don't have time for little boys
and their games
i have places to go and dreams to
follow, and if i have to walk
without you that's
fine by me just don't act like you
love me or you care when
you don't;
because i'm beyond furious
with you--
told me you weren't fake but i should have known
better if you weren't then why would you
have to tell me?
won't waste another thought on you
because i have a life to live
so go play,
because i'm no little red riding hood.


they told me one day you'd
severing my heart into a thousand
painful galaxies
of flames
that took forever to reunite again
as one,
but i don't know if i believe them
for you to regret anything
you'd have to care
you obviously didn't;
not when you lost me so easily--
wish i could just drop
these memories of you in the trash
like i did all the things you
gave me,
but my mind is a pandora's box
pricking me on pins and
needles and all the thorns that
sing your name;
i don't know how men like you live with
yourselves so false and fake and
gave you my first flowers
and that's not something i can get back,
but you didn't even care
so i hope one day the flames which you used
to tear my pretty little red heart
apart burn you instead
until nothing
remains not even a memory.

Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvania native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Cnneautville.  She currently resides in Meadville.  Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print.  Recently her two chapbooks, A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press - June 2013) and Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon -- January 2014), were published.

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