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The Lotus Flowers


The lotus flowers on our fishpond

open their petals at dawn

like two palms cupping upward

to receive the sun, the rain.

And then in the evening, at twilight,

they fold each petal back in,

palms pressed as if in devotion

a quiet, grateful prayer.

This has helped me to savor

the simple rhythms of the day- 

kitchen, dishes, writing desk,

the path around the field.   

~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff


And here are some pictures of the water lilies on BlackWater Pond, July 1 2020