Haiku by Nicholas Virgillio (1928-1989). Artwork by myself. This is Nick's most well-known haiku. I think it is carved on his gravestone or his memorial in Camden, NJ.
Lily looks out of itself when taken out of water. Indeed, there are things in this world that have the place where they shine the most. In this haiga, I went a bit beyond. "itself" refers to lily's appearance, its mood, and its existence. Even after those outward conditions are gone, there yet remains lily's spirit, which I depicted as small faint circle in the upper portion of the haiga.