There was no need for violence
but no one allowed that to matter.
We all buttoned our coats tighter
and redefined our boundaries.
My boundaries were presented
as obvious, with the caveat
that what is obvious is hard to pin down.
When they presented the security
measures I half-smiled.
I was joking but serious too.
I think they recognized the ironic
nature of my intent. I got some laughs.
Also, some people gently slapped
my back as they said Hello.
Well, hello, I said, in return.
It was the best I could muster.
They had these jewels
that I approached in a thieving
manner. The Lord of the estate?
Away. The chance of change?