Poetry By Linda M. Crate ‑ Vol. 2

By Mikolás Ales

Observed By The Crow

sung softly in the light
of sun,
and flowers pirouetting against a
open petals giving the most sweet
gift of fragrance
that washes away the dust of sleepiness;
a crow sits upon a tree
welcoming me into the wood,
and he watches me
like a feathery godparent ensuring that i do
not harm his wood or perhaps because
he found a friend in my form—
instead of cawing
found me nothing but silence as he watched
as if calculating my intentions,
but i always seek to leave the wood a better place than
i left it
just as i do in all areas of my life
including myself.

Falling Sunset

scriptured in the sky
a sunset of carnelian,
scarlet, gold, and rose
falls upon the wood
bathing her in light pure
and bright;
birds sing their songs and butterflies
dance across the flowers one
last time
before sleep takes them elsewhere—
a soft whisper
dancing through the water and the wind as
the wilds mellow
softly against the corridor of waning light
whose last song is fierce as
fire against the sky.

Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvania 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.

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