once i dreamed of you

soft hands and soft lips,
you were my sun and 
i was your moon;

together we danced
'round and 'round and i 
didn't get dizzy because 
i was looking into your eyes—

your love wrapped her balm
around me as i hoped that my love
also did for you,

together we glistened under sunshine
and moonbeams in fields of 
sunflowers and in the whisper of my
favorite season autumn;

even in winter we shared embers
which made those tiny white shards
of diamonds glisten even more beautifully.


my beautiful faerie queen 

wrapped in your embrace
feels like being washed with rose
water and every petal bringing
a soft and soulful melody to my soul,

every anguish and every anger is
wiped away with the edges of your tenderness;

you inspire me to be my best self—

when you touch me with your hands
i feel compassion and empathy,

you are careful with my dreams and you help
elevate them as we curate our dreams together
and i support yours until they become reality so we
can both grow together taller than jack's beanstalk;

when your lips are on mine i know that heaven 
is real because never have i met a more beautiful sun
to illuminate the light of as i have found in you:
my beautiful faerie queen.

with each passing moment

our love is magic,
it heals all old wounds
until all is left is the 
silver moon of a scar
whispered only on the nights
there is no light;

which are few when i am with you—

for you are the sun and you have
breathed life into this moon,

as we join hands i feel as if heaven and
earth are both moved by this gesture;
and we fall deeper in love as we walk together
through wildflowers and ferns and trees—

we fall deeper in love as we walk through
fields and waterfalls and as we walk on ocean shores
or swim in the sea singing the lyrics of our love,

there's nothing we cannot do together;

our magic compliments the magic of each other
in such a way both of us can flourish and grow—

as our skirts twist and wave in the wind 
i know that i will never find a better love than this one
for our hearts grow a deeper melody with each passing moment.

sweeter magic 

as we dance 
through life together,
everything becomes
sweeter and more lovely;

every problem seems
less than it was—

every kiss we steal seems
to sing to me of new roses
i have yet to know the name of
and new galaxies that my sun
can glisten her light upon,
as i borrow her light and shine
forever ardently her moon;

and together we walk through this
song called life creating sweeter magic
than i ever thought i could know—

& i know that the stars never shone so
beautifully without her by my side.


a love unlike any other

life without her
is so much more difficult,

because i am her moon
and she is my sun;

together our song sings such
a sweet melody that i wonder
if we didn't create a new
magic for the world to know—

every burden becomes less
with her by my side,

but when she is not with me
i know such sadness;

and so when she takes my hand again
i know i will find such joy and we will 
dance together as we always have 
a shimmering display of light and flower—

feathers, fangs, talons, and claws
all whispering together a love unlike any
the stars have written before.

About the author:

Linda M. Crate (she/her) is a Pennsylvanian writer whose poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has eleven 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 House, March 2019), the samurai (Yellow Arrowing Publishing, October 2020), Follow the Black Raven (Alien Buddha Publishing, July 2021), Unleashing the Archers (Guerilla Genesis Press, August 2021), Hecate’s Child (Alien Buddha Publishing, November 2021) and fat & pretty (Dancing Girl Press, June 2022), and three micro-chapbooks Heaven Instead (Origami Poems Project, May 2018), moon mother (Origami Poems Project, March 2020), and & so I believe (Origami Poems Project, April 2021). She is also the author of the novella Mates (Alien Buddha Publishing, March 2022).

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