Paris Haiku—The Water Lilies


Tomorrow I leave for 3 weeks in Paris. One of the things I’m most looking forward to seeing again are Monet’s water lilies—both at his home, Giverny, and on his spectacular canvases at Musée de l’Orangerie.

Monet’s water lilies, Les Nymphéas, are marvels from afar; and abstract wonders up close.

The huge horizonless canvases, without edges of water or sky as reference points, immerse viewers in the pond. With that in mind, here is my haiku ode to them.


Water lilies drift,

white-capped, synchronized swimmers

learning new routines


Have you been to Giverny? to l’Orangerie? What were your impressions?

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