July 2020 Winner

The House Plant

Fabiyas MV


Her possessor won’t let her grow

beyond his conservative outlook.

Her taproot is chained in the pot.


Even her pale patches

are decorations.

Living among the plastic plants

is choking.


She’s denied sunny kisses.

Rain’s romantic whisperings,

she’s never exposed to such ecstasies.


Her wound attracts insects.

But she cannot allure any butterfly.

Flowering is not even in her dream.


Same sand.

Same experience.

A humdrum existence.


If she’ll deviate from the fixed pattern,

a callous trimmer is always ready.