I Know What It Is To Bleed by Linda M. Crate

know what it is to bleed "a kiss with a fist is better than none" guess florence would know, and so i welcome all your fire and your fury because i know already you'll just hand me pomegranates and mondays;

there are more terrible things than these so i don't fear your ire—

the moon you howl to, little wolf? ah, she is my mother; i laugh at the stupidity of the comment "you don't have a temper" my best friend alicia laughed, as well;

i realized you were just trying to hedge me in make me your little puppet submissive and fragile ready to be broken into the image your mother needed i could never be weak and bleeding a thing barely without a pulse that you could devour with all your wanting—

i will use your pomegranates given me as arrows to shoot through your heart just as you artlessly used my words against me, and i remember the time you offended me and i ran from you; but i came back because i forgave you i wish i would have just ran

my price was one that you couldn't have afforded had i not given you a discount— don't worry, i give you every poisoned apple; every hurricane, every curse, and every calamity known to mankind; i told pandora to crush her box over your head so you could know what it was like to bleed.

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. She has three published chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press - June 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon - January 2014), and If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, August 2016). Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015. The second novel of this series Dragons & Magic was published in October 2015. The third of the seven book series Centaurs & Magic was published November 2016. Her novel Corvids & Magic was published March 2017. Her novel Phoenix Tears is forthcoming.