Lily of Vanaja

One evening I was walking along the shores of the lake Vanajavesi. It was getting late, the sun was setting behind the dark clouds and the wind was picking up. Although it was summertime, the temperature wasn’t very warm.

Therefore I was surprised to see a beautiful lady standing on the cliff wearing just a summer dress. She didn’t pay any attention to me, but was just admiring the view.

When I got closer, she suddenly dissappeared. Fearing that she might have dropped, I rushed to the edge of the cliff. I couldn’t see her, but I heard a splash.

And there she was. Down in the water. She had lost her white summer dress and was covered just by the waterlilys.

I watched her a moment until she dived under the water, leaving only the waterlilys floating on the surface…

While I was walking away from the cliff, I wondered who was this lady in the water. Had I seen a mermaid or was I just dreaming.

Perhaps she was the Lily of Vanaja, whom many have seen swimming in the lake on summer nights…