From the depths emerged
An incandescent being
On a green-lit train


The lily every morning at the pond

A knowing of my darkness pulls me

deeper than the surface,
through the holy waters
of the water-lily world.

The ancient mud receives me still
and holds me with the heartbeat
of the Earth.

It echos:
come to me
to me.

I root into its rhythm,
breathing in its nutrients,

and fill my lungs until I reach
the blooming of the sun.

I exhale heart-ward,

and make peace with the day.

Boundlessly graceful
Ballerinas in the wind
Balanced on a stem


Deep mirror

The pond is silver and true
to show me what I’ve come to find.

I stare
through the rain on the sky of my eyes,
and see

I see
things as
I am.

Each fault I hold
like my child in my hands β€”
examining its every feature in a different light.

I see
the water-lily grows from mud.

I see
I am not finished yet.

Writing and photography by: Katy Claire Funke

If you can’t tell I became very obsessed with these water lilies at the Garden of Eden Arboretum in Haiku, Hawaii, this weekend. The image with the ocean in the background just may be the best photo I have taken to date.

23 thoughts on “Water-lily poems

  1. Majestic describes all this best for me. Nice line: “through the rain on the sky of my eyes”. And then: “Ancient mud”. I really like that; never heard of mud thought of as that but you’re so right; that’s exactly what is, and you gave it a very royal quality as opposed to how we often see it as simply dirt. So much great stuff here. Always a pleasure reading what you have to say.

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  2. I, too, love water lilies! And I agree – that first photo is absolutely stunning (well, they all are).

    “Each fault I hold
    like my child in my hands β€”
    examining its every feature in a different light.”

    So much wisdom in those lines. You write beautifully.

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  3. The poetry is wonderful and beautiful dear Katy. I would buy your book. You are a skilled writer. I wish you would write and sing your words. We need more people with kind hearts to give light and hope to our world,

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