A quiet beauty graced with towering intellect,
who oversees her private aims and public goals.
Compelled by honor, yet with her emotions checked,
she gives direction, disciplines, inspires, consoles,
the ones who follow her and call her friend.
For those who may not comprehend her high ideals,
or fail to grasp just what this woman’s all about,
need only but to watch and wait as she reveals,
the credo that her mien and actions fairly shout,
which her companions cannot but commend.
Marta Villacorta was the Director of Region IV of the Florida Department of Corrections and before that the Superintendent at South Florida Reception Center. A politico to be sure, yet I found her to be highly principled and attentive to her duty. We did not always agree, but I liked and respected her.