No Man Will Conquer Me

by Linda M. Crate

you wanted to see
my darkness

so go ahead,
walk into the night of me;

you will find a hunters
moon

every arrow of light
will cut through you and bring

you down—
for while you may be a wolf

i am artemis,
daughter of the moon;

archer and hunter
whisperer of the woods

sister to the roots and trees,
flowers and seas—

i fear no man
because no man will conquer me.

 

Artist: Unknown

Linda M. Crate’s works 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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