What She Most Desired (Written October 30)

What She Most Desired

 

Letting him in, even, strangely,

A little wary, remembering her vow,

She remained silent. According

 

To him, he’d done nothing wrong,

In the same way that a collector, hoarding

His treasure trove, feels no need to answer

 

To anyone. For too long she’d lived

In his shadow, which, like a cancer,

Threatened to destroy whatever sense

 

Of self she’d been able to preserve.

What she most desired was a fence

Around her property, and the power

 

To let some people in and keep

Others out. Why did she still cower

Before him, when it was clear

 

He had nothing to give, and nothing

To take? What did she fear?

She had only to live in the moment.

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