we can face anything by Linda M. Crate

had a tête-à-tête
with my dark
she’d been clawing at my
door all my life;
but in fear and ignorance
she had been shoved aside
because i was afraid
she was evil—
but she taught me that
she is just another puzzle piece
in the tapestry of me,
and that without darkness
there can be no light;
she taught me that i can be both
maleficent and aurora
both mina and dracula
& persephone who was both
flowers and death—
she taught me that she wasn’t
here to destroy or tear me down
from my heaven,
she was the magic i had been missing
all the years as i laid in a numb whisper
of pain;
together we can face anything.

Linda M. Crate’s works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of six poetry chapbooks, the latest of which is: More Than Bone Music (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, March 2019). She’s also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018). Recently she has published three full-length poetry collections Vampire Daughter (Dark Gatekeeper Gaming, February 2020), The Sweetest Blood (Cyberwit, February 2020), and Mythology of My Bones (Cyberwit, August 2020).