Hogwarts Is Ours

By: Linda M. Crate

harry potter
connected me to people i may not
have otherwise met

for that i will be grateful

all the rps, all the future rps possibly;
the conversations and the jokes,
all the fanfictions and fan theories

every shade between—

hogwarts is ours,
as is the magic;

we’ve outgrown rowling and her prejudices 
and her hatred and her unwillingness to grow—

hogwarts is ours
it always will be.

Linda M. Crate’s works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of six poetry chapbooks, the latest of which is: More Than Bone Music (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, March 2019). She’s also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018) and two micro-poetry collections. Recently she has published two full-length poetry collections Vampire Daughter (Dark Gatekeeper Gaming, February 2020) and The Sweetest Blood (Cyberwit, February 2020).

We Were More Than Ghosts

By: Linda M. Crate

we’re just ghosts
once we knew each other
now we just wish
each other a happy birthday
on facebook,
and i used to mourn
the loss of everything we had;
used to talk for hours
childhood youth twined us tight
as the golden rods dancing
in the field—
childhood innocence and growing pains,
and everything between;
you were always so strong
and so brave
i admired your courage and your strong
need for justice—
you taught me to be a better person,
and i will forever thank you for 
teaching me the magic that was harry potter;
because it is a salve for my wounds
even now—
the author may be questionable,
but the characters and the magic are ours;
and it reminds me of the days
we were more than ghosts.

Linda M. Crate’s works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of six poetry chapbooks, the latest of which is: More Than Bone Music (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, March 2019). She’s also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018) and two micro-poetry collections. Recently she has published two full-length poetry collections Vampire Daughter (Dark Gatekeeper Gaming, February 2020) and The Sweetest Blood (Cyberwit, February 2020).

Jealous of My Wings

By: Linda M. Crate

“you’re not as pure
as the driven 
white snow.”

didn’t realize
that being human
was a purity test,
yes,
i am far from perfect;

but at least i admit
my mistakes and flaws—

you were a devil
who insisted he were 
an angel,
trying to inhibit my flight
because you were jealous
of my wings.

Linda M. Crate’s works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of six poetry chapbooks, the latest of which is: More Than Bone Music (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, March 2019). She’s also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018) and two micro-poetry collections. Recently she has published two full-length poetry collections Vampire Daughter (Dark Gatekeeper Gaming, February 2020) and The Sweetest Blood (Cyberwit, February 2020).

The way the sun shifts slowly

By: Haley Schirber

The way the sun shifts slowly. 

Alters the light. 

These moments big and small

will make you feel the might. 

Though just as shade grows gently,

swallowing the light

these hatreds that you harbor

must now be brought to sight.

The sea of fear keeps rising

and with it comes our plight

there is something that you need to hear

but with it comes a fight.

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