Fay Slimm





Oh Lily, you really 
look ill,
since I saw you got
moved into
this dirty dry spot
you have 

lost lots of firmness.    

Your frilly white dress
is ever
so yellow and now your
poor head 

looks ready to topple. 

Lily you must not stop
wanting to
live, you need to show
stronger grit.
I know Lily this might  
sound silly
to you but your future
health risk

will be  killing me too.


I have given you salts
to bring back 
your lovely clear skin
and brought
you bits of nutrition
but Lily

you're quickly falling.

You look green round
the gills, 
and more sickly today,
Lily I know 
you have been through
the mill
so until I can find you
some good
wholesome place I will 
take you from  

here Lily to my home.      

You can no longer cope  
with arid 
neglect, so, come live
with me Lil.
and bloom for a while
in my little

pool, renewing I hope.


Poor Lily you ought          
not to be
found without feet in
clean ground
surrounded by water

which is

as sweet as it is pure.


  • orchidee

    Oh lol, good write Fay. Is she related to Fag-Ash Lil?!

    • Fay Slimm

      Glad you enjoyed the read Orchi. No relation I hasten to say.

    • dusk arising

      Now THERE is an expression of love for an often overlooked beauty. What a wonderful thought, to take a poorly, struggling plant and offer it a new life, a new chance to be what it was conceived to be.
      Lovely thoughts behind this piece Fay.

      Van Gogh came to mind. He painted sunflowers several times during his illness and recovery. If you notice, most of the paintings contain sunflowers in a very poor condition.

      • Fay Slimm

        Yes many a plant could do with a bit of TLC in times like these when not much thought is given to such things in the face of profit etc........ Your comment is greatly appreciated D.A.

      • Neville

        the world needs more of these fancies ... poor Lily .. but what about the Roses, the Violets & Pansies.... there y'are a nice little bit o horti culture............... Neville

        • Fay Slimm

          I will keep in mind the flowers of the hedgerows Nev. and promise a verse about their plight too..... thanks so much for dropping by and reading the shame brought by pollution etc............ Fay

          • Neville

            I could not agree more ... we need more pollination too and bees of course and... and .. and


          • Lorna

            You'll save her Fay! A natural born healer you............

            • Fay Slimm

              Dear Lorna - thank you for dropping by and for your most encouraging comment.

            • Michael Edwards

              Oh the world of the nymphaea - great write Fay.

              • Fay Slimm

                Many thanks Michael for the read and comment - - water has to be unpolluted to keep such lilies alive 'tho I fear this is only the tip of the iceberg - the world of flora in all sorts of places is shrinking in size and this fact I wanted to highlight. Glad you enjoyed the piece.

              • Suresh

                Maybe if you had gotten to her before
                You may have extended her life a little more
                But all living things have a shelf live in Gods store
                Soon to become a memory, to recall, as you see the sunset by the shore

                • Fay Slimm

                  Top marks for the thoughtful comment dear friend - -

                • Goldfinch60

                  May Lily show the beauty within her soul as a gracious way of saving her.

                  • Fay Slimm

                    Thank you for your caring concern dear Andy - - flowers have beauty we as humans can never replicate should they become endangered or worse.

                  • ANGELA & BRIAN

                    GOOD EVENING FAY : ANGELA HERE : Its 10am WEDNESDAY and I'm so excited because my PAPA & MAMA arrived yesterday and are Staying with Ruths Aunt & Uncle ! I have a week off Work to show them round Auckland (first visit to NZ) and visit some local Vineyards. PAPA will give some Lectures on RIOJA WINE which is very popular in NZ ! I loved this POEM ! Brians Parents have a pond with WATER LILLIES and despite it being a bit stagnant (since the PUMP broke !) it does produce very beautiful LILLIES ! I love the PHOTO : Love all Water Lillies ! I like the story you tell in your very elegantly structured Poem.
                    In the opening verses we have the LILY discovered & described ! In verses 4 & 5 you give some TLC and offer a New Home ! In verses 6 & & You have found her a New Home where HER beauty can FLOURISH - It is a wonderful PARABLE about how we could (and should) care for Animals & our fellow Humans who survive in a POOR ENVIRONMENT ! Thanks for Sharing & Caring

                    Blessings & Peace & Love
                    Yours as always ANGELA 🧡🧡🧡🧡

                    • Fay Slimm

                      What a lovely break you are taking with your parents dear Angela - - making such happy memories is vital to families and wishing you all a wonderful reunion - - glad you found time to read and comment on the fate of poor Lily - I wanted to highlight in a light verse the more serious condition of polluted environments and the drop in surviving numbers of living things as a result and am so pleased you enjoyed the write. ........ Hugs galore.

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