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Healing Stars. Saturday's Inspiration 39. A Response to Brenda's Prompt 'Stars.', to the Esteemed Writer Brenda Arledge.


Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Healing Stars



This week for the word prompt I've chosen is "Stars."

Stars are objects that twinkle and light up our night sky. They are made up of a luminous gas, usually hydrogen & helium.

Maybe we see a shooting star and make a wish.

Or we believe stars are little glimpses of heaven.

We might remember the nursery rhyme, " Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."

Or we feel the stars connect us together since we all look up at the same night sky.

Maybe a person we know shines like a star in our life.

Or glancing up at the stars fills our soul with comfort.

It could be a story about the nearest star to the earth, which reminds me of the sitcom, "3rd Rock From The Sun." - Brenda Arledge



Healing Stars

Climbing the ladder of sublimity; soaring

Towards heaven, stars not only heal but

Saves lives. Earthly things may be buried, but

How could I stifle the Light shining in my Heart?

I’m in a whirlpool, trying to run away, even as the

Star of destiny tightens around me. Here in this mist

I seek the Alchemist, finds my Star of stars, unable to say

What I shouldn’t, but rather to bask in a glorious Andromeda.

My Beloved smiles, Her gaze a shooting Star, chasing away

My shadows. Now I lose all zeal for victory or defeat, I

Celebrate the darkness even as Orion appears. My soul’s

At Peace and I pay homage, admiring the moon and stars.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 4th September, 2021



Healing Stars

Mighty fine place that, mi casa! I walk, jog, run … talk with the villagers going by. Sometimes I flew with the kites, sang with the bumble-bees and danced with fire-flies. We often chatted way into the night, telling Anancy folk tales, or played cards near a fire-side, singing ballads of our ancestors … the beauty of life.

I loved walking along those country lanes! Rugged, winding and with undulating beauty, they seemed to hum to me like the bees did, guide my steps as I walked, laughing with the children spinning tops; playing marbles along the way. The leaves and foliage hugged me as I walked, the over-hanging branches still whistling their merry tunes way into the evening, as light zephyrs whispered to the daffodils.

‘Tanti’ Rose, still young at a hundred, loved seeing me, and the feeling was reciprocal. For she told me stories of Kamby Bolongo, the river, how she swam there and caught crayfish beneath the stones with her bare hands.

They never stung her and she was proud, always smiling with a cute but freckled face that showed the gaps in her mouth as she laughed; told me that part over and over again: “They never stung me, you know, ‘dem’ crayfish ‘dem’, they never did.”

There was so much to love about that village! Life was pretty simple … many were farmers and food were plentiful. I loved crab and callaloo, steamed-down breadfruit, dumplings and oxtail soup. A curious and adventurous child, I would play with the birds, rise with the sparrows at dawn and laughed with the rising sun. I dug turtles in the sand or rode down- hill on make-shift carts.

Shooting star


Of course, I fell many times, bruising and hurting my poor limbs and sometimes went crying to mom, who would scold me for not listening. Yet God was good. Yes, God was always merciful for this god-fearing mother of mines and yes, life was simply beautiful!

We all have our pasatiempos, our favourite hobbies, and mines were star-gazing. I loved looking at the perennial heavens, at Andromeda … the various nebulae. I flew to the galaxy and danced with shooting stars, rapped with the lustrous moon and waltzed without feet.

Orion looked so beautiful! We sometimes jumped and spurned together, her light dazzlingly beautiful as I kissed her, my simplicity-Heart melting with delight. I, like a protagonist, an earthly soul, was a star amongst them, as the nebulae glistened with an intensity of powerful beams … a pageantry of amazingly magical colours.

The lapis lazuli of the night sky was my friend, and we often romanced playfully. She, kissing my cheeks, me serenading the moon as the sparkling stars danced, whispering love-songs to my Heart. It was as if I was in a movie, and having fun with the heavens, was my starring role!

My twinkling and dancing friends seemed to know this, and they would never fail to entertain, leaving a starry trail behind, as they shot through Andromeda. Gazing at their illustrious surge, their catapulting motion in the glistening void of heaven, never ceased to amaze me, filling my Heart with supernal Love. They were the charming, alluring and charismatic ones and I, the friendly visitor from planet Earth and we loved to play!

Alas! I’m grown-up now, and faced with new and numerous challenges, I can only dream of what was, and live with hope for tomorrow’s sunrise. Sometimes I still visit though, at rare moments when the mind is serene at nights and I lie in repose. I ride on my memories, to the red thread of eternity, where I play with friends I once knew … feel as free as an uncaged soul-bird, soaring upon a starry night.

Soaring Bird, like the Soul


Healing Stars

© 2021 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on September 09, 2021:

Sukriya. Dhanyvaad. You and I will serve ... offer Thakur's vibrations to the world according to our receptivity and that of aspiring humanity. Jai Guruji, Jai Sri Ramakrishna ... Jai Sri Sarada Devi ... Jai to your selfless Heart. Hari Om Tat Sat!

Vanita Thakkar on September 09, 2021:

Thanks, Brother Manatita.

Your goodwill and blessings are invaluable.

Best regards to you.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 08, 2021:

Thank you, my friend

Dr Romio from United Kingdom on September 08, 2021:

Very excellent

manatita44 (author) from london on September 08, 2021:

Congratulations Vanita. You seem even busier! Yes, the work of the Lord is always pleasing to Thakur ... to Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa. Our work is needed, even more in these trying times. Be alert and safe. Salaam!

Vanita Thakkar on September 06, 2021:

Yes, Brother Manatita. It was good.

The holy month of Shraavan (Saavan) ending today - known for worshiping Shiva …. Festivals always bring joy - though this year the losses of dear ones are lingering everywhere ….

Had a recording at All India Radio last week - three songs …. Will be broadcast on 18th September ….

Ganeshotsav starting in a couple of days. Preparations on ….

Pranaams. Have a great time.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 05, 2021:

Thank you. Seems a popular theme, yes. Hope you had a nice break

Vanita Thakkar on September 05, 2021:

Lovely poems and narrative. Nice welcoming read here after a short break. Stars bring a lot to my memories as well. Will try to write about it soon.

Best regards to you.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 04, 2021:

Thanks Peggy. One day you may read my book. It is a Magnum Opus of spiritual living. The first Chapter is about me growing up in the Caribbean.

I used it to show my early spiritual leanings and how I made the transition to conscious spiritual life. It's called My Guru, Sri Chinmoy: Life and Teachings. It was written about 7 years ago and has over 200 pages. I think it's still on Amazon, but some folks are selling it at crazy prices. Should be 12.99 U.S. Peace.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 04, 2021:

Thank you, Vidya.

Looking forward to reading your work on stars, if you're doing it. Much thanks.

VIDYA D SAGAR on September 04, 2021:

A wonderful response to Brenda's word prompt and a great tribute to her too, Manatita. I enjoyed reading your poem and also about your childhood days. Thanks for sharing this lovely poem and article with us. Have a great day.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2021:

What a beautiful response to Brenda's word prompt! Your poetry is exquisite, and I loved your sojourn through stargazing and precious childhood memories. Thanks for this glimpse into your childhood.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 04, 2021:

Thank you!


Dr Romio from United Kingdom on September 04, 2021:


manatita44 (author) from london on September 04, 2021:

Chuckle. Bill, my Bro,

Thank you so much!! A boon, coming from you! Appreciated!

manatita44 (author) from london on September 04, 2021:

Rosina, thank you so much. May Allah protect you and grant you continuous mercy, Alhamdul'llah!

manatita44 (author) from london on September 04, 2021:

Brenda, praise indeed, from you! I'm really a story-teller and creative writer. I have sort of abandoned my craft to write poetry with spiritual messages.

Your detailed comments are meticulous and also beautiful to read. Love to your family.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 04, 2021:

Thank you, Srushti

Succinct and sweet comment from you. Much appreciation.

Srushti Gamit on September 04, 2021:

Very well written piece Manatita!!

I think Stars and your wonderful poetry both has the healing effect.

Good bless you

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 04, 2021:


Thank you for this lovely tribute.

It is so like me. I love gazing up at the heavens above & getting lost for awhile.

Life definitely has it's detours, but nothing can take away those joyous moments of childhood. The moments where we learned to let our souls be free.

We could touch anything & make it wonderous.

The lessons we learned from others telling us stories are carried deep inside our hearts.

In your poem, "Healing Stars" you show us that no matter what happens on earth, we have a light inside of us that will always shine.

We should bask in it's glory and not worry if we have victory or defeat.

The light will chase away the shadows & leave our soul feeling peaceful.

In your story, "Healing Stars" you take us on a journey of your life remembering your home land.

The people you met along the way & the influences they brought into your life.

You tell us you fell many times but God was good & life was simply beautiful.

You're favorite hobby was star-gazing. You loved to glance up at the perennial heavens.

It was as though you created a movie with yourself playing the starring role, enjoying each blissful moment.

But now that you are grown up your life faces new challenges which take you on a different path.

But from time to time, your mind drifts back as you remember those sweet moments.

Aww..the joys of childhood. They were the greatest.

A time where one felt safe and able to soar freely.

I loved reading about your journey which painted such a peaceful & beautiful time in your life.

Except for those moments when you fell...but Mom was there reminding you that you didn't listen.

Childhood was a time of magic when you basked in the fun of each exciting moment.

Great writing. I really enjoyed the way you wrote this story.

I'll post a link in the word prompt article.

Rosina S Khan on September 04, 2021:

I loved your poetry about "Healing Stars" and your prose about your childhood in your village. The image on Starflowers is lovely. I adore all that you have written and included in this article. Thank you for sharing, Manatita.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 04, 2021:

No one on HP does it better...."I ride on my memories"....great line, my friend. You can hang your hat, with pride, on a line like that. A line like that will feed the soul of a writer for weeks. Blessings always!

manatita44 (author) from london on September 04, 2021:

Thank you, John. Much appreciation.


Indeed. I used some embellishments, but mostly, my village was charming and a very beautiful place. Thank you so much!

Misbah my Didi ji,

You make the stars and the moon sound so wonderful!! Extremely soothing. I cannot thank you enough for being such a massive fan and great sister-friend. More joy to you and victory to your Heart and soul! Salaam!

Chitrangada ji,

I agree, life was a simplicity-filled one then. I don't remember any hard times .. only beauty. Brahman be praised. Thank you!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 04, 2021:

A wonderful tribute to dear Brenda, so well deserved. She will be pleased to read your response to the word prompt, given by her.

Stars, do have a calming effect on us, and your poem beautifully expresses that.

I loved reading about the early life and interests of ‘Little Manatita.’ Those are precious childhood memories. Life was so simple then, and it was so simple to be happy and satisfied.

Thank you for sharing another wonderful creative piece of writing.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 04, 2021:

Bro, this is a wonderful response to Brenda's prompt, as well as a lovely tribute to her. Both the poem and the story were enjoyable to read.

These lines from your poem touched my heart:

'Earthly things may be buried, but

How could I stifle the Light shining in my Heart?'

I've always believed that the stars and the moon were created by God as toys for us. We converse with them as children. Play with them while sleeping near the window. They provide light when Mom turns off the lights in the room for us to sleep. Their light illuminates our dark room.

Sometimes we find lost loved ones in them. We adore these celestial bodies. I believe God has gifted them with the ability to heal us. They are the best toys and good friends in my opinion.

Thank you so much for this lovely piece of writing. I truly enjoyed reading it. Take care and stay happy!!

Blessings always!!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 04, 2021:

I liked reading the story of your young years, Manatita. Growing up where you did is wonderful for star gazing.

I also enjoyed reading your poem about healing stars. You have certainly written a wonderful response to Brenda's prompt.


John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 04, 2021:

It was a true pleasure reading your response to Brenda's "star" prompt, manatita. I enjoyed reliving your memories as a child in your Caribbean village. A wonderful write.

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