Borne from sultry jungled isles
Of some far archipelago,
Imprisoned in glass here.
Transplanted, you yet flourish, show
Your charms, beckon stray eyes near
With your exotic wiles.
Subtle temptress, spreading wide
Vast, velvet petals, blushing mauve,
Around a curved, pursed lip
That kisses, breathes a fragrant trove
Of sweet musk – the slightest sip
Of the delight inside.
Yet, incarnate sensuousness,
You deign not, dare not dance with fools,
But rise tall, proud and chaste.
A showpiece, peer of royal jewels
To glimpse awestruck, not to taste –
Not to defile, but bless.
Adam Sedia (b. 1984) lives in his native Indiana, where he practices as a civil and appellate litigation attorney. His poems have appeared in print and online publications, and he has published two volumes of poetry: The Spring's Autumn (2013) and Inquietude (2016). He also composes music, which may be heard on his YouTube channel. He lives with his wife, Ivana, and their two children.