Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Linda M. Crate - In the Labyrinth / Be Careful What You Wish For

in the labyrinth 

he fell into an endless labyrinth
everywhere he looked
there was a monster
some human, some not
in the end
they all wore fangs and masks and claws
he knew eventually they'd
tear through him
scatter his ruby red blood like leaves
upon the ground;
but all he wanted was to live
yet it seemed the more he wanted sometimes the
more it were denied him
he opened his eyes
the nightmare was real but he didn't want to believe it
dulling his own senses wouldn't help him
survive yet he didn't want to succumb;
choice wasn't afforded him
as he felt his life flee.

be careful what you wish for 

they had to be invited in,
but how could 
she tell them that he was
her secret sin
that she left the window open
every night hoping the
monster would come?
it was her desperation that drove
him far away;
but she wanted him to own him and possess him
and she wanted to be his
until the day she looked out through fluttering drapes
and he was there
with eyes redder than the angriest moon
then she feared the searing power
of his blood lust hunger.

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. Her novel Dragons & Magic is forthcoming through Ravenswood Publishing. 

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