Seductive State

                   Lylanne Musselman


Sometimes I feel like leaving Indiana behind in stardust,

and moving to a more seductive state


A Tennessee who flaunts her perky Smoky Mountains,

or Maryland who winks and waves her Chesapeake Bay.


Maybe Wisconsin who sashays her abundant wild life,

or Arizona who is quick to smile her sexy sunset


each state has her assets that convince me to stray.

Then, Indiana takes me by the hand and begs me to stay.


She touches me with memories of warm childhood days,

and starry adolescent nights; kisses me with Hoosier pride;


She hugs me close with family and friends, gives me

a glimpse of what I would miss


then she serenades me with sounds of her brilliant Cardinals,

reminds me of her gorgeous dogwoods in full bloom,


gives me a whiff of her best fragrance fresh lilacs in the spring,

and I feel myself swoon for her all over again.




Lylanne Musselman is a native Hoosier and resides in Indianapolis , Indiana.  She teaches creative writing classes at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, and at the University of Indianapolis' School of Adult Learning.   Lylanne is a regular contributor on WFHB radio's BloomingOUT with her story feature L WordS. An award winning poet, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Flying Island, New Voices News, Etchings, Tipton Poetry Journal, Poetry Motel, and many others.