. Mistress Within those sheets, my mistress lay, her flawless form with perfect feet. One last embrace; I cannot stay! I hear her heart in metered beat. Her voice, a ballad siren song with lyrics begging my delay. But I’ve already been too long! Within those sheets, my mistress lay. The grandest thought one could create was "could the wife and mistress meet?" She’d see a villain-elle and hate her flawless form with perfect feet. She draws me back into the sheets. Seductive eyes say, "Come and play," But I must leave this incomplete! One last embrace; I cannot stay. Perhaps… I’ll finish this last rhyme. One hasty end-stop short and sweet. The chugging quatrain steams to climb! I hear her heart in metered beat. The writing’s done… now comes the chafe. A writer’s wife airs her dismay. The notebook, closed; my secret, safe. Within those sheets, my mistress lay. . . Michael Pietrack is a new writer from Colorado, USA. This businessman and former baseball player started writing poetry during the pandemic. He will be launching his first book of poetry, entitled Legacy, in early 2023. Michael has a BA is English Literature from Colorado Mesa University, where he minored in Theatre, and an MA in Education from New Mexico State University.