567 - to a Woman

nothing is figurative about you
nor are you an allegory of some
idea. beauty of you is you are true
and do not wait for justice to come

but go out in hope you will be answered.
this has been difficult and the rewards
though not meagre - have not advantaged
you one bit and have failed to forward

you into security. doubt and guilt
make you wonder whether it can be right
if the world were corrected of its tilt
and its axis gave you day and night

in equal measure - while you stayed correct
as you were - upright from that world in debt.

Woodford Halse
27 August 2021