Ravishing Rose

She struts draped in crimson velvet
and fragrance she wears give rise to
a sense of awe enticing with promises.
Symphonic femininity, though prickly
by nature, turns heads; envy obvious
as suitors and bards compete in verse
for she takes only one lover at a time.
Ravishing Rose herself, declares love.

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and creative professional. Her blog focuses on all things poetry and creative nonfiction.


  1. Haha. True, your poem says it all! Lots of writers and poets fawn over the rose! thanks for this lovely poem!

  2. “Symphonic femininity” wow! One at a time we receive the grace, but all can be present at the public concert. What a concept! Very seductive and true.

  3. This is wonderful! Thank you. 🙂 I appreciate your style. Very neat.
    Blessings, Debbie

  4. Khaya, a wonderful, enticing and alluring poem -I love the sense you build of her, her nature, character, the touch of the material, the fragrance.

    ‘She struts draped in crimson velvet;
    fragrance she wears imbued with
    a sense of awe entices with promises’

    Wonderfully captured in only a few lines…I’m greedy and didn’t want it to stop there! As always a joy to read. With warmest wishes, xx

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