don’t lie to yourself

i am a forgotten monster,
but it is always the quiet ones
you should watch;
we linger and we wait for our perfect
moment to strike—

every insult, every cruel deed
i remember it all;
but i’m sure you put it out of your mind
the bullies never have to remember the horrors they
cast upon others
but their victims are never able to forget—

this halloween
let’s settle the score

a little damphyr thirsty and angry
finds you in the woods alone and you don’t come home,
but before they find you she finds all the others
that were nightmares and shades to the outcasts;
and she makes sure her wrath is known—

then shall you remember every deed has consequence?
probably not, you’ll be shrieking you were the victim;
as if you had ever been anything less than the beast all your life.


Linda M. Crate’s poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has six 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), My Wings Were Made to Fly (Flutter Press, September 2017), and splintered with terror (Scars Publications, January 2018), More Than Bone Music (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, March 2019), and one micro-chapbook Heaven Instead (Origami Poems Project, May 2018). She is also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018).