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When torrid Summer’s greenery,
Its vibrant hues and spiced perfume
Lie far, fast-fading memory,
Your flowers bloom.
When all the world around you fades,
Dries up, and withers, seeing death
Approach in night’s increasing shades,
You breathe sweet breath.
When long, dark Winter’s icy blast,
Whose hints fly in the breezes’ chill,
Inevitably nears at last –
You flourish still.
Your colors, rather than exclaim
Like childish March or vain July,
Burn bold with shades of earth and flame
You brighten up a world that dies,
Reminding you what soon must be.
Your fate surrounds you: therein lies
And thus I love you most: despite
The futile lateness of your prime,
You dare to thrive in dying light
And shine sublime.
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.