[Note: Antinous (111 – 130 CE) was the lover of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. After his death — he drowned in the Nile — he was deified. Honored in his own right, he was also syncretized with other Deities such as Osiris. As a God, he was/is often symbolized by the red (or rosy) lotus.]

* I *

for he is
the nile-born god:
red lotus

* II *

for he is the young
lion: red
lotus in his mane

* III *

child of the river,
he is the beautiful youth
sanctified by holy


[Written by Rebecca Buchanan.]

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