Lotus Root

he lotus root hides itself in the mud, working behind-the-scenes to bequeath others.

It has given us leaves to encase our rice and imbibe with fragrance. Its flowers scent our teapots with slow-brewing tea. Other parts become cherished for healing ailments–the stamen, the rattling seedhead, the “heart of the lotus” germinating within the seed… all this we know.

But all this, remember, is possible because of the lotus root quietly, tirelessly, toiling in the mud.