Roots tangle unplanted

A safety for the lazy swimmers below

Screening the sunlight away

From cooler depths

And setting the bees to humming

They dance along the surface

Distracted by reflected flowers

Sipping water

Instead of nectar

Fish tease the surface

Peering between leaves

A bright orange flash

And then nothing

And the flowers stretch to the sun

Pastel and calm

Against the violence of the sky

Steadily holding

A solid space on a rippling surface – Caroline A. Slee

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