As a Lotus Flower

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I was told I must


in some kind of obvious way,

because I prefer to hide in the wonder

of my life,

to stay quiet and even rather


To drink the nectar

of solitude

instead of more company

than is good for me,

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Cuckoo Flower

like too much wine

that would make me unrecognizable

to myself.


My thirst is for

the clarity of my thoughts,

the true rhythm of my heart,

and the wakefulness of my soul.

Although, in a way, I do seek

drunkenness, by



overindulging in the softness

of my cats and their doggedness, too –

the same to be said about nature

as it intoxicates my life with meaning

and escape from meaning,

and the passions that make me teeter

on the edge of becoming unrecognizable

to everyone but myself.



“As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world”
~ Buddha


Copyright 2012 by DM Denton

Copyright 2012 by DM Denton (I know that this painting depicts water lilies not lotus flowers, but it was born of a very special birthday memory and, I believe, reflects the sentiments of my poem and the Buddha quote).

On my birthday I make a toast of


Peace and Love

For All


Snow White Cat

Copyright 2016 by DM Denton

donatellasmallest©Artwork and writing, unless otherwise indicated, are the property of Diane M Denton. Please request permission to reproduce or post elsewhere with a link back to bardessdmdenton. Thank you.

11 thoughts on “As a Lotus Flower

    • Thank you so much, Deborah! Your friendship and connecting means so much to me all the time (and actually your birthday wishes weren’t belated US time!) Hope the summer is going well for you and your parents are doing well. Sending lots of love and hugs. XO ❤

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  1. What a wonderful gift you have, and you share with others; from your solitude you can experience and speak clearly to the world. I wish you continued expression of your being-doing-becoming, and on your terms, belonging.

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  2. Diane, I hope you are having.a really lovely birthday! As you know Im not blogging right now, but I simply couldn’t let this post pass, first because it’s your birthday and I wanted to acknowledge it and also because your poem is just sublime. When I started reading it Mary Oliver hovered in my mind; it’s just beautiful and so I am copying it to keep in my IPad notes so I can read and re read it. Beautiful. ❤️😊 xxx💐

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