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The Lotus - A Poem

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Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.

The Poem

Secluded and fearful, I waited

With bated breath until one day

I bloomed with eternal joy

With a pinkish hue lightening my way


I looked around, and looked ahead

Serene ripples, shimmering waves

The sun shone beautifully at each drop

Jewel-like beauty, of which he raves


I glided along, each petal smiling

Timid and fresh, bound in self care

Surrounded by you, and your pearl drops

Charisma blossomed with a sensual bare


It was love, that’s all I knew

You kept me alive, kept me strong

I never knew the world without you

A single lotus away from the throng


Until I banked on a shallow shore

Weary and drooping I reached for you

You seemed to move away from me

To sustain the ones that freshly grew


I knew then my love was forsaken

You looked away when I most needed

With each falling petal I bade adieu

To your womb, I benignly seeded


Explanation

This poem is about the purity of love that is unaware of the harshness of the world. A lotus that swims away with the flow of the water on which it breathes, feels that the water is everything for it, and it comes to love the water with every move. It moves along with the tide merrily all consumed in its love for the water, until the day comes when it is time for the lotus to say goodbye to the world. The lotus dies, realizing that it made no difference to the water, but determined to leave the mark of its love, it ensures its seeds are dropped into the water that may help a new lotus bloom.

© 2011 Rinita Sen

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