The lily pond


Deep and still the pond demands respect,

look but do not touch

Murky, sludge, thick and green. Like a one-sided mirror,

its underbelly hiding, accepting no reflection from the sun


Just a hint of ancient story escapes the secret world as nymphaea pods explode the


refusing to be trapped

like prisoners  in a cell


Murky sludge, thick and green keeps invaders well away,

except to wonder at the beauty of the lily pods,

perching serenely

on rounds of recumbent, floating leaves


Make no splash or disturb with a curious poke

Guard like, the sludge-green water watches from a stilled and stern position, it surrounds

the glorious nymphaea’s, and they

without a hint of compromise, raise their pastel petals to the sun


They grow,

they bloom and show their splendour to the world,

before retreating to the murkiness

of the secrets deep below


Different to the human world?

Maybe not!

tLily pond1

About Heathermargaret

I'm a writer and the author of Finding Eliza, 2018. I'm currently working on my second novel.
This entry was posted in Education, Life, People, Relationships, Uncategorized, Writing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to The lily pond

  1. Nice imagery Heather, I could see it. 😌

    Liked by 1 person

  2. deivamarina says:

    Oh, how lovely to see this here on your blog complete with the photo. Murky sludge, thick and green. I love that line and I love its repetition on the poem.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s