Alpha Female by Linda M. Crate

do you understand
i will be the force that unearths
your bones from your body
that leaves blood upon the pure driven
white snow that you insisted
i was not?
because heaven knows i have a temper,
and yet that comment was
unnecessary;
just as the unshattering of my heart by your
hand untrue
so take this knife and let me drink your wine
give all these pomegranates of yours
a place in me to hide
so i don’t have to face their childish displays anymore—
howl to the moon, wolf, she won’t save you
she’s my mother;
and she told me i always deserved better than you
her light will cut you and the sun is your
enemy, too;
kiss my lips i will pierce you with your every transgression
until all you can bleed is black and broken
i will seal your voice away in the
earth and let it be swallowed forever because you
took my voice once and i will never allow that again because
you never realized i’m an alpha female
i am in control
not you.

Linda M. Crate

Linda M. Crate’s works have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of four chapbooks, the Magic Series, and the forthcoming Phoenix Tears.

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