Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Linda M. Crate - Never Look Back

never look back 

she always sought
her refuge
in the wood,
but today that seemed
a mistake;
tree roots seemed to grab like hands
of ancient prophets fallen
she had to get away
from the moon beast whose howls
echoed in the trees
her breath
even seemed a haunting aspect
as she tore through the
leaves of autumn looking in vain for
an escape;
soon as she looked backward she
ran straight into the chest
of the monster
"i've been waiting for you,"
he whispered, 
spilling scarlet among the leaves;
her screams growing dimmer
as her body fell limper and limper in
his arms.

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 was published in October 2015.

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