Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE LOTUS, by WILEY E. HOSIER

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THE LOTUS, by                
First Line: Out of the slime and ooze and mud
Last Line: "something sings."
Subject(s): Lotus; Lotos

Out of the slime and ooze and mud
There stemmed and grew the lotus bud
Wombed in stale and stagnant things --
Lyric beauty to you clings --
Something sings.

Who cast you in that color tone
To grace a cheerless water zone?
Belie your birth from slimy springs,
Carved in stone by Egypt's kings --
Something sings.

Something sings so soft and low,
Whispered to the winds that blow,
A sonnet set to fairy strings,
A harmony within it brings;
Something sings.

I stumble as I praise your worth
Soul travailed of stagnant birth,
A vagrant phrase unwonted clings:
"In the mud and scum of things,
Something sings."

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