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Vachel Lindsay - The Wedding of the Rose and the Lotos

The wide Pacific waters 
And the Atlantic meet.
With cries of joy they mingle, 
In tides of love they greet. 
Above the drowned ages 
A wind of wooing blows:  
The red rose woos the lotos, 
The lotos woos the rose . . . 

The lotos conquered Egypt. 
The rose was loved in Rome. 
Great India crowned the lotos: 
(Britain the rose's home). 
Old China crowned the lotos, 
They crowned it in Japan. 
But Christendom adored the rose 
Ere Christendom began . . . 

The lotos speaks of slumber: 
The rose is as a dart. 
The lotos is Nirvana: 
The rose is Mary's heart. 
The rose is deathless, restless, 
The splendor of our pain: 
The flush and fire of labor 
That builds, not all in vain. . . . 

The genius of the lotos 
Shall heal earth's too-much fret. 
The rose, in blinding glory, 
Shall waken Asia yet. 
Hail to their loves, ye peoples! 
Behold, a world-wind blows, 
That aids the ivory lotos 
To wed the red red rose! 

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Poet: Vachel Lindsay
Poem: The Wedding of the Rose and the Lotos
Poem of the Day: Feb 20 2015

Comment 2 of 2, added on August 11th, 2012 at 6:13 PM.

I, too, disagree, David. I leave the reabttul to Richard Feynman: Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars mere globs of gas atoms. I, too, can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more? More, I say. More. Peter

Tholi from Papua New Guinea
Comment 1 of 2, added on April 21st, 2010 at 2:29 AM.

God is Love and I am In Love.

Asia from United States

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