Water Lilies

on the glacial pond
I dream

I’m drowning.

From slimy stems
tangled in mud
I surface

sailing its fleet.

About the Author

Shelley Ehrlich (1932-1988) began writing poetry at age 37 after she developed multiple sclerosis. She authored three poetry collections, Dreaming the Ark, How the Rooted Travel, and finally, Beneath All Voices (all Juniper P).