The most inspiring concubine, yet the most demanding, requiring careful and constant effort on my part, is the Political Lady. Her depth of information leaves me in awe. Her refusal not to be uninformed leaves me ashamed. The shadow cast by this Iron Lady is long and my entire harem and I live within it.
What a challenge, what joy to have and know my harem. Today of all days I must reflect on the joy of kinship on the joy of love one for the other, all within my harem. I ask: Please won't you all be my Valentine?" -from the short story "Harem in My House"