love and warmth
familial and platonic
to fill the heart and soul
over the brim
as outside the snow
falls beneath fading sunlight and glistening
ornaments and lights glittering;
gifts laid beneath the tree—
the best gift
for our loved ones and celebrating them
in trinkets and shows of affection,
a warmth that burns away the cold silence
of winter and all his reflective death.
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 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 novel Corvids & Magic was published March 2017.