Water Lily as described by linked web site.
“…..The white water lily is a perennial plant that often form dense colonies. The leaves arise on flexible stalks from large thick rhizomes. The leaves are more round than heart-shaped, bright green, 6 to 12 inches in diameter with the slit about 1/3 the length of the leaf. Leaves usually float on the water’s surface. Flowers arise on separate stalks, have brilliant white petals (25 or more per flower) with yellow centers. The flowers may float or stick above the water and each opens in the morning and closes in the afternoon. The flowers are very fragrant. White water lily can spread from seeds or the rhizomes.
Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc). After aquatic plants die, their decompostion by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates. Deer, beaver, muskrat, nutria and other rodents will consume the leaves and rhizomes of white water lily, while the seeds are eaten by ducks……”
The Water Lily by Pam Taylor
A water lily is like a dainty floating package with the prettiest bow on top
Can I reach in the water and pull it towards me
The dragonfly will have to leave its temporary home
If I pull the adorned lily for a sweet, swift ride
Sometimes the best packages are those that are left alone
Sometimes the package is the present for my eyes
So for now I just sit here in my backyard and enjoy the tranquil pond
Its floating vessels of color that brings jubilant imagery for all the visitors of this sanctum