i remember when i was your rabbit hearted girl knit so softly together of petals and sweet things that laid before the tapestry of stars, and your tongue pressed against all the spaces of my body no one else ever knew or knows;
i remember when we kissed so passionately that leaves were frightened off of trees, and even your father had to look away because i think we were drunk on the offering of one another breaking before the sun—
you were the night seeking to steal away all my light for your moon, but i didn't realize you were breaking my bones when i wasn't looking;
that you would fashion your song as a weapon against my heart cutting me on all the fangs of the angriest blackest fang of wolves until i was aching and yearning for a touch you refused to give
glaring at me with condescending lips and eyes blue as winter and every bit as cold kicking me away from your throne through the ice and into the waters deep and eroding i didn't remember how to swim because i was in shock of how all my love wasn't enough for you—
it was all so beautiful at first, but i had to forget the furs of rabbit and take up the shield of badgers and all their rage, too; as i was woven into a battle ready raven go ahead and howl to the moon to save you for she is my mother she will help me destroy you with eroding oceans of hurricanes.
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.