A Lotus Unrooted
Marble and mud
“It’s like growing lotus flowers. You cannot grow lotus flowers on marble. You have to grow them on the mud. Without mud you cannot have lotus flowers.”
You sat me on a marble tabletop in the foyer of our home.
You fancied me a porcelain doll —
one for you to mold, dress, and move
to prompt the familiar stranger’s adoration.