Diane Hine

Silver Star - 4,143 Points (25 July 1956)

Nelumbo Pond - Poem by Diane Hine

Every green surface shimmers
in the botanic garden
except the forever dry,
inside-out umbrella shaped
leaves of the Sacred Lotus.
Raindrops bounce, glide and converge
into pebble-shaped spheroids
of water at leaf centres.
The water's convex surface
gathers light from all angles.
Inside, fragments of debris
are highlighted curios.

A slight breeze riffles the leaves.
The water pebbles quiver,
smooth as semi-molten glass.
A moorhen paddles through stems
under the green canopy.
Water rolls in long-stemmed bowls
like transparent mercury.

An incoming duck swerves past
a statue of a small boy
riding a disgruntled swan
and skids noisily, splashing
cloudy pond water into
the shining spheroids above.
Passenger animalcules
are abruptly uplifted
to new high-rise apartments.

From inside their glassy cells,
they have a distorted view
of pale pink Lotus flowers
on elegant stems, arching
into bright circles of sky.
In the flat, dim pond below,
light arrived in parallel
rays, filtered through matte-green leaves.
Now, in this bizarrely bright
curved space, they've nowhere to hide.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Nelumbo Pond - Adelaide Botanic Garden

Comments about Nelumbo Pond by Diane Hine

  • Valsa George (1/4/2013 7:30:00 AM)


    Wonderful description of the lotus pond fullof the pale pink lotus flowers and with their leaves ruffled by the breeze and the water pebbles quivering as molten glass! ! I visualize the duck and the moorhen paddling under the green canopy! ! (Report) Reply

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  • (1/3/2013 12:07:00 AM)


    The vivid description of the Botanic garden is very enchanting and I feel I am there with you in Adelaide. Wonderful! -So lovely! (Report) Reply

  • (1/2/2013 6:55:00 PM)


    Dificult to believe that it's as lovely as you've written it. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (1/2/2013 9:55:00 AM)


    Sounds like a beautiful place to be - enchanting poem. (Report) Reply

  • Mark Dillon (1/2/2013 8:07:00 AM)


    Lovely description Diane, peacefull serenity, what a lovely place, happy new year. (Report) Reply

  • (1/2/2013 7:12:00 AM)


    How beautiful the Adelaide Botanical Garden is. A live narrative of nature in one unit of its profoundity. Well crafted to entice us Diane and it is your new year gift to us. (Report) Reply

  • (1/2/2013 6:26:00 AM)


    Wonderful descriptive work, it carries the reader with the flow. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 2, 2013


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