I want to be like a lotus 我想做荷一样的女人

I want to be a woman like a lotus. It is pretty when young, beautiful when grown, elegant when old. Even its death is graceful. We have a lot of poems dedicated to it. Lotus is of great value, too. We Chinese eat its seeds, leaves and roots. And lotus leaves can be used as medicine. Beautiful and graceful and useful. That’s lotus and that’s what I want to be.

对荷,或莲,我心怀厚爱。

周敦颐的《爱莲说》,国人都知道的,以至于“出淤泥而不染”这句话成了陈腔滥调。顺便提一句,据说古人是莲荷不分的。周敦颐笔下的莲似乎是荷。他说:“予独爱莲之出淤泥而不染,濯清涟而不妖,中通外直,不蔓不枝,香远益清,亭亭静植,可远观而不可亵玩焉。”这更像是对荷花的描述,而不是睡莲。

李商隐的“留得残荷听雨声”,也是国人熟知的,林黛玉很喜欢这句诗,但我总觉得它矫情。

《诗经》里关于莲的诗歌《江南》却是百读不厌:

“江南可采莲, 莲叶何田田。 鱼戏莲叶间, 鱼戏莲叶东, 鱼戏莲叶西,鱼戏莲叶南,鱼戏莲叶北。”

就那么“简简单单”的几句,却越读越有味道,好似巴赫的大提琴作品。

女人若能像荷,便到了登峰造极的境界了!从抽新叶,到花骨朵儿初露尖尖角,到荷花盛开,到花落叶残枝弯折,都姿态万千,妙不可言,犹如一个花季少女慢慢长成韵味十足的少妇,又一点点优雅地老去,至死都优雅,且带着一份傲骨。荷不仅美,还很有用,其子、叶、藕都可食用,其叶有药用价值。《本草纲目》称荷叶可“生发元气,裨助脾胃,涩精浊,散瘀血,消水肿,痈肿,发痘疮。治吐血、咯血、衄血、下血、溺血、血淋、崩中、产后恶血、损伤败血。”

美且有用,夫复何求?

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