lotus in bud –
how sturdy, her armor
against the sun
open, with all pretense shed
life is better, my sweet


Linked to Carpe Diem #712: Lotus, where our task is to write a haiku inspired by the image of a lotus flower – and to Heeding Haiku with HA, where the prompt was “pretense”.



28 thoughts on “lotus in bud (tanka)

  1. I like the thought behind it. How life is better if we stay ourselves, instead of putting up an act. But the latter is what we have to do sometimes. Like I have to pretend to be a plain young man. 😉 🙂
    Very well-penned.


  2. This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Anais Nin: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”


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