Linda M. Crate – the story is over – 3

the story is over
by Linda M. Crate

You can leave this place
Get out of my house
You aren’t welcome
I won’t let you in
There’s a reason the windows
are boarded and the doors are all
locked—
I even told you I was done
tending the garden
you left for dead
I am done harvesting rotten fruits
trying to water corpses 
of flowers,
and you may miss me weeding the garden
keeping everything beautiful and anew,
but it is your own fault
I am gone—
Place the blame squarely upon your
own shoulders,
take responsibility,
because you’re not always the victim
I am not always 
the villain—
but the story we shared
is over.

Linda M. Crate’s poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews 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).