“broken winged butterflies” by Linda M. Crate

“broken winged butterflies” by Linda M. Crate

broken winged butterflies

the little butterfly tries to
escape with his
broken wing,
and i pity him;
so i help him over to a flower and make sure
no birds are watching—
the field of corn
grows ever higher
like my dreams towards the sun,
and no one believes in me
in this moment
other than
myself;
i have nothing to prove but i want to make
them all eat crow—
the crows always ‘caw’ at me,
but they never hurt me
perhaps they relate to my cynicism or sarcasm
or how i try to be kind to others but
sometimes fail because i cannot stand stupidity
and ignorance;
a clover is covered with bees,
and i wonder if to earth we are just like these
creatures or legions she wants to be cured of—
or maybe we’re just her broken winged
butterflies
needing some help to fly.


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) and 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. Her third novel Centaurs & Magic was published November 2016.

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