No Mud, No Lotus

Photo by Jay Castor on Unsplash

The lotus doesn’t

ask permission

to shoot its stem out of the mud.

It is simply time.


Time to loosen its grip,

to pass through the water

and emerge from the surface.

Time to yield to its purpose.


And so, it softens.



until it reaches its full expression.


Even then, as a beaming

chalice of light

and communion,

the lotus stays rooted in mud.


Because the mud,

the darkness,

is where its life began

and the wellspring of its luminosity.




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