“A Cruel Smile” by Linda M. Crate

spirals of light

fell through your window

illuminating the gold

in your hair,

and perhaps you were right when you

said you were an elf;

for you were both beautiful and distant

and ever so cold—

but i don’t think every elf should be

so cruel

you were clearly born to ones raised by wolves

for you only saw light in me and sought

to tear it apart

so i could be thrust on oblivion’s wings

like you,

but i refused;

so in turn you forgot me and killed the person i once

was in the cruel winter of your smile.

About the Author:

1922510_704989619601915_4888172374859430408_nLinda 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 novels Corvids & Magic and Phoenix Tears are forthcoming.

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