July 14, 2019 by petrujviljoen

The oldest of the flowering plants. A living fossil. The lotus survived the ice age, predating humanity by many thousands of years. Much is made of the mud it lives in. Much is made of its unblemished emergence. For some a daily process. Little water, deep water as long as there’s both mud and water. much is made of the holiness of the flower. the flower alone.

It’s true for anything else that grows. Everything is rooted in soil (dirt). The earth. The unknown underground or under water. Allusions to Hades surely. Allusions to the unconscious. to night. all of it is life.

The Egyptian blue – psychedelic qualities … sacred? Weed anyone?

It’s clear: the mud doesn’t need the lotus. The lotus needs the mud. consciousness doesn’t need thought. Thought needs consciousness.
Everything about the lotus plant is edible and its green leaves useful to produce fibre.

all is sacred –
the mud, the roots, the leaves,
least the lotus


Linked to Frank J Tassone Haikai Challenge


18 thoughts on “Lotus

  1. barleybooks says:

    This is wonderful. Thank you.

  2. Just Barry says:

    “It’s clear: the mud doesn’t need the lotus. The lotus needs the mud. consciousness doesn’t need thought. Thought needs consciousness.”

    The depths of this is amazing and fascinating.

  3. Jules says:

    I watched a show about Egyptian blue lilies that are extinct today.
    It was interesting that only the royalty used the plant expecting much, giving little…

    While the lotus is different, I’ve never heard of blue lotus, I could from your words imagine the blue flower… I went looking – at it is quite beautiful.

    There were both white and orange flowers from the lily pads on the lake…

  4. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #3: Petru’s latest #haibun for my prior #haikai challenge!

  5. I love your speculation. I’m betting the lotus reproduces through its roots system, that it only flowers to be beautiful.

  6. Suzanne says:

    Wha a thought provoking haibun. The haiku at the end works very well.

  7. Nan Mykel says:

    I didn’t know that about the lotus. I have a dried one right here. It’s probably 10 years old. Glad I kept it. I’ll take a photo and blog it when I get my memory freshened up. (There’s a place in Gallipolis, Ohio, where they grow–or used to.)

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