with regards to my heart

by Linda M. Crate

to whom it may concern:

with regards to my heart, it is wild;

you will not break it nor tame it of its fire, its wild thistle and thorns, its trees, its oceans, its

galaxies, you will not detract from its

words or its emotion or its logic simply because

I am deeper than you understand—if you must love me then it must be with all of

you because I will love you the same passionate, intense way

in return; and if you cannot give me that then simply give me the decency and

pleasure of walking away before I start to

fall—because I deserve someone who is invested in me after all the hearts I’ve had to grow

and all the times I had to die, and how many times I’ve found myself

buried in winter when I was dreaming of summer; there are so many mediocre things in life, love

should not and need not be one of them.

sincerely,

me

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.