a woman wolves should fear

some girls want pearls
and others wish
for diamonds
allow me to wear the fangs and claws
of a wolf about my neck,
and maybe his fur;
so every time i’m around
he can shiver and shrink away in his
fancy little shoes—
you’d tell me to get over it
to let this rage die before it destroys me
perhaps even two wrongs don’t
make a right,
and while you are most astute and correct;
dear friend
my vengeance will not be silenced
until i see a shadow of fear
dance across his face—
i will not embark on anything spiteful or delightful
simply walk past so he can know that i did not
die and he was not successful
in murdering my spirit
that my heart was tell tale and beat itself out
of the floorboards
so it could burn him with memories he wish
that he could forget
when i walk past they will revisit
him: each one.


"Sad breastfish" © Sally Deskins

“Sad breastfish” © Sally Deskins


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. Recently her two chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press – June 2013) and Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon – January 2014) were published. Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015.

Sally Deskins is an artist and writer focusing on perspectives of women including her own. She’s been published internationally and exhibited nationally and has curated several exhibitions and books.