For desire she lifted her skirts to him
For duty she followed him out on the limb
For hope she bore his children screaming
For life she lived her days in dreaming

For power he took what was offered him
For duty he ventured out on the limb
For peace he left her with the children screaming
For hope he lost himself in dreaming

And with children gathered she revealed the child within her breast
And with children following he laid their childish fears to rest

And as the day broke through with gathered light
In love they stood for what is right

January 2009

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