Kay Pillai

The Shy Flower

When a petal finally gave way
he knew this was not the kind of bloom
that lured from miles away with its glory
but a shy flower
that would wilt a little
at his every touch,
willingly, gratefully,
staining him with the scent of unrequited longing.


Kay Pillai used to live somewhere in India every day until she drowned in a fairy tale.