Tom has confirmed that Lotus was intended as a Masonic
allegory. This is a variation on haiku,
with a syllable pattern of 6-6-4,6-6-4,6-4.
Toledo Fort Industry Lodge #144,
Tom used to have a website up entitled Masonic Reflections, with the logo you see at the top of this page, with the S&C between a waterfall and a reflecting pool. On it he had some outstanding essays of his — "The Winds of Change", "Who is Right?", "Take a Look", "That Which Was Lost" (Short Story) — which should still be available on the Internet WayBack Machine. Tom's email is tom.olzak@firstname.lastname@example.org.