you want my darkness?
fine, step into it;
you will find there’s moon
and stars to guide you
through the forest
but little else—
there will be hooting of distant owls,
songs of crickets and yowling wind;
there will be a murder of crows and ravens
waiting to pick apart what is left of you
after you’ve been vanquished by my nightmares—
you thought you were the predator,
but you will soon find
you were the prey instead;
these fangs will spare you no mercy
when they carry you into the underworld
for a damphyr knows hunger—
i won’t apologize for it.
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.