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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