UNTOUCHED SCARLET PETAL (Poem)
I was sowed and watered under his tutelage With fondness, tenderness and hopes! He was still young and curious His juvenile mind was besotted with my elegance. My tender sea-green stems and virescent leaves bewitched him, I was pampered for days Gradually his days became busier and more strenuous I went unnoticed to his strained blue eyes. The mollycoddlings were lessened and lessened At last I bloomed for him Ruddy bright florets That took any passerby’s attention, Yet he did not see my scarlet washed bloom Little children sang around me Wild bees fluttered above me Yet with melancholic eyes I watched him walk past me, Without a glance at my beauty I took a breath too deep And one by one my ruddy petals flew away in the zephyr. Yet unseen by the master Yet untouched by the master Until I became a memory in his old thoughts Waiting to be reminisced. – Rakhi Mariam Johnson.