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Bad For My Health

bad for my health

written by: Linda M. Crate



you lost the threading
thought it was something you said
in the past that drove me away?
no, it was all the things
you ever told me
wearing me down all at once;
every time you spoke to me it became a headache
only wanted to control and manipulate me
take control of all my time and force me into conversations
which weren’t always
i would always try to steer the conversation away
from the people you would mock,
but somehow you would get right back on that tangent
no matter how hard i tried to steer the conversation elsewhere;
i’ve had enough of your negativity and malice
forgave what i shouldn’t have forgiven
ignored red flags so here’s my white
because i surrender everything we once were so i can have
the peace i have found exists outside your name—
i value my heart, my dreams, my future;
you were like a virus weakening me
i couldn’t hold onto the toxic if i wanted to grow
so i released our dead flower garden to the universe
you’ll never force my hand again.

Linda M. Crate

Linda M. Crate

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.
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