a new dawn

linda m. crate



there's a soft sadness

in me

bearing your name,

for i cannot rid of it

hard as i try


without this pain

i wouldn't know joy,

so i will leave these arrows


deep within


everyone says i should be

past you, but i cannot get untangled

from the ache;

perhaps in the next world

you'll find me again, but this time


i won't have to go,

and you won't want me

do anything less than stay.

you'll be true and love me

like i love you


instead of crashing me into chaotic

wings of your nightmare and lust,

ripping me to ribbons,

forcing me to die to who i was,

rising again like the sun to face a new dawn.




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 four published chapbooks: A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press - June 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon - January 2014), If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, August 2016), and My Wings Were Made To Fly (Flutter Press, September 2017). 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, and Corvids & Magic was published March 2017.