Saturday, August 29, 2015

Linda M. Crate - A Vampire's Farewell / Lament of the Vampire

a vampire's farewell

he saw the saddest song
in her scarlet eyes,
and he wanted nothing more
to absolve her pain;
wanted to free her from her
just a pale and shallow imitation
of the human she once was
soon the predator became prey and she
fell on her knees with a stake
in her back
the dust soon danced where she stood
he cracked the fangs beneath his
she only smelled of sorrow and death
a fragment of humanity
they should never have to remember
he felt no guilt or shame
only sadness
that the girl he once loved succumbed to the
evils of the world.

lament of the vampire 

the darkest pitch of night
remembered his name,
and the moon
sang with all his rage the scarlet
blood that he so desired
fueling the beast
sometimes he wondered where the
man began and the vampire
because they seemed one in the same
humans could be the cruelest
he sensed the heartbeats of his quarry
as they ran,
but he found no joy in any of this
he simply desired to live as
many creatures did;
some of his kind reveled in the kill,
but he wanted to remember
a day where he wasn't bound to desire
only memories when he knew

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. 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. Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015.

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