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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

Comments

Rinita Sen (author) on July 03, 2018:

Shaloo, I really appreciate your visit. Happy you could enjoy the poem, and the soul behind it. Thank you so much!

Shaloo Walia from India on July 03, 2018:

Purity of love so beautifully explained. Loved the way you have explained the idea behind the poem.

Rinita Sen (author) on December 04, 2013:

Thanks a lot ziyena.

ziyena from the United States on December 03, 2013:

Lovely poem ...

UP

Rinita Sen (author) on July 12, 2012:

I am honored by your comment penny. To touch souls with words is the dream of every poet. Have a blessed day.

pennyofheaven from New Zealand on July 12, 2012:

I sooo love your poetic voice. It speaks to the deeper part of my essence. Beautiful!

Rinita Sen (author) on December 29, 2011:

Thank you so much Sueswan for your visit and your comment.

Sueswan on December 29, 2011:

"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"

Lovely work Senoritaa.

Voted up and away!

Rinita Sen (author) on December 29, 2011:

Thank you Quill for that heartfelt comment. I so agree. Words can speak volumes, even shorter poems such as Haikus and Senryus can express a moment so vividly that there remains no need of a picture.

Last Scribe on December 29, 2011:

I love your style! There's something about poetry that makes it able to be so much more sensual than pictures. As a writer, I always hear people say, "a picture's worth a thousand words." If they could feel everything you put into this one piece, it'd make them question if they truly knew the extent to which words can be used. This was an amazing poem, thank you!

-Quill

Rinita Sen (author) on December 26, 2011:

Thank you Sunnie. Sincerely appreciate your comment.

Sunnie Day on December 26, 2011:

This is so very beautiful. You are truly a gifted poet..Thank you so much for sharing.

Much love,

Sunnie

Rinita Sen (author) on December 17, 2011:

Thank you Audrey. Appreciate your visit and your heartwarming comment.

Audrey Howitt from California on December 17, 2011:

This is the first of your pieces that I have read--very well done! I look forward to reading more--you have a natural flow to your writing--very nicely done!

Rinita Sen (author) on December 17, 2011:

Thank you Eddy. Your visit is much appreciated.

Eiddwen from Wales on December 17, 2011:

Beautiful senoritaa, I loved this one and look forward to reading very many more by you.

Take care,

Eddy.

Rinita Sen (author) on December 13, 2011:

Thanks for "lovely" comment and vote V. :D

V Qisya on December 13, 2011:

Wow! I'm in love...in love w/ your poem, Senoritaa.

So beautifully rhymed. I loved it! Voted up :D

Rinita Sen (author) on December 11, 2011:

Thanks Caroline. Appreciate you giving it a read.

Caroline Marie on December 11, 2011:

Great hub! I love it. :)

Rinita Sen (author) on December 06, 2011:

Thanks Nikkij. Appreciate you stopping by and leaving your precious comment.

Beautiful Garbage from Louisiana on December 06, 2011:

wow. this was amazing. Poetry from the view of a single lotus. Very Beautiful! I am a follower for sure!

Rinita Sen (author) on December 05, 2011:

rjsadowski: Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked it.

raciniwa: What an excellent interpretation! Thanks.

raciniwa from Talisay City, Cebu on December 05, 2011:

what a beautiful poem, it has life, emanating from the murky water, emerging clean, unblemished...

rjsadowski on December 05, 2011:

A beautiful poem and an interesting perspsctive.

Rinita Sen (author) on December 04, 2011:

Thanks Frank :)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 04, 2011:

wow, you are a poet enough said :) Frank