Water lily haibun

Jane Dougherty Writes

I just discovered today that Claude Monet ordered his water lilies for Giverny from a garden centre (or nineteenth century equivalent) close to where I live.


Nénuphar, lotus flowers, water-colour a garden beneath northern light, water lilies born here in this berceau of quietude. Water, Lot river flows into the Garonne, flowing seawards through green fields and woodland. River, lily-lit, water-green and silent flows, coloured bright as sunsets, to a painter’s northern garden, from this cradle that I call home.

Air so hot

it cracks the ear the eye

with light

and the birds save their breath

faint chirrups in the hedge.

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