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wayward traveler by Linda M. Crate

rusted garden gate

woven with ivy

has secrets she'll never

utter,

but no one thinks to listen

to the songs she sings

subtle little reminders of where

and how carefully to

wander here;

because there are creatures

lurking in and of the shadows

creatures that make

nightmares seem tame—

drowning in illusions of grandeur

they perceive themselves

wiser than this gate firmly steeling herself shut

they force her open,

and on their own heads be it she thinks;

they can encounter death in one of many

various ways—

there is a murder of ravens crowing,

still they push through;

paying no heed to the circling hawks and vultures

as if they had no intention of self-preservation.


Linda M. Crate's works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of five published chapbooks, a micro-chap, and a forthcoming poetry collection entitled More Than Bone Music (Clare Songsbirds Publishing House). She has a novel, also, called Phoenix Tears.


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