How to Grow Wetland Flowers

selective focus photography of pink flower
Let them be
overgrown, let them be
the pond
that lures you in, makes you
to look
in between therapy
and the graveyard.
Let pink and green go
where they grow,
until they adorn the water
for what it is: not ours.
Let lotus
show us
its ways of living—
it’s all a flower bed,
it’s all a flower bed.

Kristin Yates

Kristin Yates is an award-winning poet, artist, cat cuddler, and work in progress from Lewisville, North Carolina. Her poems have appeared in Tiny Seed Journal, Beyond the Veil Press, Writerly Magazine, Unstamatic, Campfire Poets, and others. She can be found at: