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Stitched Beneath The Stars

stitched beneath the stars

written by: Linda M. Crate



beneath the tapestry
of the witches
laid a foundation
of black cats, bats, and pumpkins;
there was knowledge
of many magical things:
good, bad, and neutral—
there were ravens in her house
fluttering about with songs
most mortals feared
though they meant them no harm,
and she wove oceans of
white magic into existence without
batting an eye;
protection spells and potions for any
who needed them—
they misunderstood her intentions
one halloween they burst in,
and broke her bones
which released phoenixes and black cats
that tore them into the ruin they meant for her;
and beneath an audience of stars
the ravens stitched her back together
despite their unkindness the witch remained a kind soul deciding
to leave this cottage for one more remote
where her intentions would never be questioned.

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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