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

  • Tarobinson1103@gmail.com Robinson (1/2/2013 8:58:00 AM)

    We have a yellow nelumbo lutea (lilly pad) where I live that has the distinction of blooming all winter long. Imagine the sight of green and yellow in bloom with ice on the water and snow flakes coming down.A sureal image that can't be forgotten.Funny how you poems are like a match that starts a forest fire of thought. (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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