( / Lynchburg, Virginia)

She Needed Him Most

I could have had him if it had been my desire,
but I chose to walk away and give him to her.
She needed him most, and I chose to aim higher.

Her husband loved her, but she was wont to admire
the words of a quick-quilled poet provocateur.
I could have had him if it had been my desire.

Love was not enough when she lusted for fire.
She wanted promises of patchouli and myrrh.
She needed him most, and I chose to aim higher.

He is truly brilliant, and I'll miss him entire.
She is the dilettante, and he the connoisseur.
I could have had him if it had been my desire.

But she in her own right is a plus to acquire,
an exceptional woman and a force majeure.
She needed him most, and I chose to aim higher.

I wish them legions of love and strength against ire.
May God grant them grit against any saboteur.
I could have had him if it had been my desire.
She needed him most, and I chose to aim higher.

by Linda Marie Van Tassell

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