Faithful Betty

You crossed all lines
When you loved Old Joe
For his soul was gone at the gate

And we all shed false tears
For each other for too many years

You loved a man in love
With a man in love with a woman
A Romanticist
And Old Joe failed you

Albeit he grew flowers of beauty
For your vase

And bore children of talent

You surrounded yourself with loneliness
My dear mother
Your dream shattered

For you could never be
In love with a man
In love
With anyone but Old Joe
And trapping

And Old Joes passing ruined your every chance
Of happiness
But never as much as it ruined my chance to see you
Loved again