Queen of Hearts

Her first young lover
met his demise
by a minor infraction,
a hapless flight across
some makeshift boundary
that set off red flags
up and down her continent.

Much less invasive
than the hostile takeover —
a coup of confidence
and continent,
that four-year conflict
ended by wits and
furtive escape.

And certainly better outcome,
than the suicide of
her white-flag surrender
of voice and dreams,
both left for dead
at the feet of Security.

But at night, now, she hears
the drumbeats of Unity,
wonders at those reckless days
when she could fight about lilliputia,
leave while cracking a smile —
this delicate détente of Love
is not for the faint of heart.

Poem ©2016, Jen Payne. Image Queen of the Heart by Jyoti Bhatt.

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