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One Lady's Conquest

I had a love once in my life
Unspoken and hidden inside
I wondered if she'd be my wife
But the love I fought with pride
My shame I hid and closed my heart
I would not let her in
She fought for my imprisoned love
But did not seem to win
I'd built a wall around my love
And took watch in its tower
I watched to hide my love within
And guarded every hour
My rampart served its duty
But inside my love did ache
She left her battle for my love
It's time this wall must break
Though she finally ceased her siege
Behind she left a seed
So now it's done, the battle's won
The victory's hers indeed
And the seed she left
Has grown and bloomed
My love 's no longer doomed

Stephen Pursell, 2/16/97