The Water Lily and the Moon

Waterlilyin the bosom of the silver waves
grew a single water lily
speckless and spotless
the colour of pure milk
a private bud, it lay unopened
till the night it blossomed
complete, open, a whorl of whiteness!

By Vijayalakshmi Harish 2013

Photo from Longwood Garden’s



Orchids & Poetry

Orchid Room

Something beautiful for the mid-winter blues.

Orchid Room at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square PA. Orchid Extravaganza begins January 25! Escape winter’s cold in our beautiful Conservatory.

Photo by Larry Albee — with Sue Stafford Hall and Francis Chen.

Ladies in Glass Slippers

Such a tizzy on the lawn

ere the crowning of the dawn,

as tiny feet on woodland lanes

twinkle soft with sweet refrains

…softer than the tulip’s chime

…sweeter than a rose’s clime

where fairest ladies in glass slippers

dance beneath the sky’s bright dippers.

Woebegone their frets and cares,

rescued by the prince of air,

sweet Cinderellas, all a blush,

splashing scent as petals brush

…fairer than a thousand rhymes

…brighter than the stars sublime

as fairest ladies in glass slippers

dance amid the sky’s bright dippers.

Nimble winds most wicked play

as violins and harps sashay–

windblown flowers all a bliss

delirious with midnight’s kiss.

Moon begins his bedward climb

as Dawn puts on her dress in time

to see her orchids in glass slippers

… whisked away by dashing dippers!

Written by ma belle