if I am anything
it is a lily
just above the water.

dancing, lightly
on the wind.
dipping gently
under rain.

and if I sink
by love, force, or lye
into the deep
amphibian world,
not a fish will I become.

there, if I am I alive
I will drown, there
if I am loved,
I will be lost.

my darkness is the
sea under my belly.
just below the surface
of my unusual earth.

if I am anything
it is a lily
just below the water.