some deserve my silence by Linda M. Crate

some deserve my silence 

daughter of the moon
and the sun
i shine intensely 
flames hotter than blue light
dancing on the paper mache of 
the celestial mouth
of night,
and a part of me
gleaming in each and every star;
i guess i am too much
for some to handle
because no one ever says goodbye
they just disappear
without farewell—
i used to mourn this until i realized
that even as intense as i am
i cannot help but be the person i am meant to be,
and i won't apologize for that anymore;
those who seek me will be a part of my tribe
or i will disappear like a moon deciding not to show up
in the night's sky
because i only deserve the people who love me
the others don't need my words—
i will feed them my silence
because it's a greater kindness than allowing them
the serrated edge of my flames
which would thrust them into oblivion's edge. 

BIO: 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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