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it'll be a scream 
by Linda M. Crate


all hallow's eve

swimming with memories

i remember the key necklace

once worn

in your company,

but you didn't know enough

to unlock me;

so you kissed me instead—

you told me i didn't have a temper

in efforts to control me,

but i am not someone who can be tamed;

wild and fierce as the wind i will

sing in any way that is mine

you can no longer silence


you buried me in cold, damp earth

but i broke free from the prison that was

your nightmare;

i shed your darkness like snakeskin

but this hallow's eve will be a scream because

i've sent all the haunting to return to sender.

-linda m. crate 

About Linda


Linda M. Crate's poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has six published chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press - June 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon - January 2014), If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, August 2016), My Wings Were Made to Fly (Flutter Press, September 2017), splintered with terror (Scars Publications, January 2018), more than bone music (Clare Songbirds Publishing, March 2019), and one micro-chapbook Heaven Instead (Origami Poems Project, May 2018). She is also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018). 

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