Low Stakes


She thought she shared the secret
that would betray her isolation
but she hadn’t said it out loud
Please forgive her
Stuck in place she couldn’t tell
words thought from words said
echoing in haunted halls
Please listen
She was the knight in shining armor
She was the damsel in distress
Allegorical plots revive a low-stakes life
It’s not your fault

(The plot is larger than the man
and we all play our parts)