Live Like a Water Lily
Water lilies wake up slowly
float in their dreamy
world -- soft arms folded over their
faces until mid-morning
when they open from the center of their bodies
as sun warms them awake.
Soft and supple, they breathe from
more than one place.
They do not worry
about yesterday or tomorrow.
They don’t care what you think of them.
Their egg-yellow centers are tough, strong,
nourished by water and sun.
Wind and wave may engulf their entirety
yet they separate their bodies from water
open their faces to the heavens,
pull back the beads of dark water,
move freely in open space
buoyant and beautiful,
making white water circles
in the sun until mid afternoon
when they fold gently into themselves
drowsing in the dimming daylight.
Oh! If only
to live like a water lily.
Annette Grunseth © 2014