The Water Lily - Henry Lawson ('My first inspiration')
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This is the poem that truly flowered my interest in poetry, when I was a young boy. Now, at the ripe old age of 23, I am a regular writer of poetry in my own right. What do you think of it, and what poetry first inspired you, or ignited your interest?
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The Water Lily - Henry Lawson ('My first inspiration')

by JediCapitalist

This is the poem that truly flowered my interest in poetry, when I was a young boy. Now, at the ripe old age of 23, I am a regular writer of poetry in my own right.

What do you think of it, and what poetry first inspired you, or ignited your interest?

Link: http://www.samuelmorrisfoundation.org.au/latest-news/2011/09/the-water-lily-henry-lawson/

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A lonely young wife

In her dreaming discerns

A lily-decked pool

With a border of ferns,

And a beautiful child,

With butterfly wings,

Trips down to the edge of the water and sings:

‘Come, mamma! come!

‘Quick! follow me—

‘Step out on the leaves of the water-lily!’

And the lonely young wife,

Her heart beating wild,

Cries, ‘Wait till I come,

‘Till I reach you, my child!’

But the beautiful child

With butterfly wings

Steps out on the leaves of the lily and sings:

‘Come, mamma! come!

‘Quick! follow me!

‘And step on the leaves of the water-lily!

And the wife in her dreaming

Steps out on the stream,

But the lily leaves sink

And she wakes from her dream.

Ah, the waking is sad,

For the tears that it brings,

And she knows ’tis her dead baby’s spirit that sings:

‘Come, mamma! come!

‘Quick! follow me!

‘Step out on the leaves of the water-lily!’

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