Water lilies are associated with rebirth and optimism as they return to waterways after the rains, even if they dried up the previous season. White water lilies symbolize peace, purity, pleasure and spiritual enlightenment. If there was ever a time we needed all of those things, it is now.
I was cleaning out some boxes from the basement, when I came across this drawing I had done as a teenager. I went through a hippie phase (don’t we all?) and copied a lot of album cover art. Unfortunately, this seems to be the only one I saved:
Face up in the tall grass,
eyes wide open,
not a care left in the world.
Clouds form, disburse, and reform,
–vague images from a silent film
playing in slow motion,
the low hum of cicadas as the score.
With the prickle of insects on my skin,
thousands of tiny legs–
I wonder how long it will take
for me to decompose.