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Lotus turned her face
Left
Stem stood bare
A moment still
In the crumbling world
In lonely collapse

Bereft of Lotus,
The stem now
Weeping into the water
Unseen.

The pain and hurt
All washed away -
There will be another Lotus
Another day…


Sujata Balasubramanian was born in India and moved to the US as an adult. A scientist turned writer, she does poetry, long and short fiction and occasional science writing and editing.


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