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The Heart and the Rose. Friday's Inspiration 9, a Soulful Offering to the Writer Ann Carr


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


The Heart and the Rose

Conversing in silence with the rose,

I enquired of the beauty of her raiment;

Her sweet-scented sacrifice for Mother Earth.

“I have always been nurtured by thorns”,

She said. “Even as I learnt the agony of the journey,

So too, I grew into the wisdom of soulful offering.”

“Now I hide in the frivolity of children;

Laugh in the merriment of Spring;

Dine in the romantic intimacy of lovers.”

I imbibed her sacred words, in the unspoken

Eloquence of sweetness, feeling the wafts of

This stately Empress, adorning the core of my Being.

Now I blend with a Love so close to my breath,

My Heart shines on the lap of adversity.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 4th June, 2020.

The Beauty of the English Countryside


In Sweet Rapport, Conversing With the Moon. A Regular Sonnet

O Love who gaze, upon my soul so sweet,

Tarry a little longer in my core.

Your nectar-robes adorn my Heart complete,

With diamond sparkled garlands at my door.

Red flames of Your illustrious fire,

Converse in silence, deep within my be’ng.

Of Thy supernal rapture never tire,

Gift now my sight with an effulgent see’ng.

My mind serene, my Peace an ocean's bed,

Tumultuous waves, Thy stillness calms their flow.

My inner flares kept whispering and said:

“Glow, incandescent Candle-maker, glow!”

I lay intoxicated in my swoon;

In sweet rapport, conversing with the moon.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 2nd June, 2020


Another Day's Beauty

White clouds spread a canopy across my

Thoughts, in order to announce daybreak.

The magical pull of the radiant sun awakes;

The chilled air is gone, as silence whispers to the breeze.

When the evening mist settles, I assemble the sky,

Pulling at the blue of its beauty unto my soul.

High upon the wind rides my longing, gathering

The rays of the evening’s dusk.

Aye, so much sweetness in the Light of Thy Delight!

Let me drown in this wine, so as to become Thine.

My Heart is like a bamboo reed,

Conversing with zephyrs, of my Love for You.

The song-bearers enchant my Spirit, while the waves crash;

The god of sunset greets me, with an alluring smile.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 23rd April, 2020.


Short Poem by Manatita

"Beauty touches my soul,

Like the rose touches the universe with its wafts;

My Heart becomes the warmth of the sun,

Radiating nourishment to all." - Manatita


Modes of Beauty and how we feel

© 2020 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on June 09, 2020:


I read again. I love to see what you like. This is actually a popular poem with many. Peace.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 09, 2020:

Manatita, Ann is one of my favorite writers here on HP. This is a beautiful tribute to her. My favorite is "Another Day's Beauty", especially the second stanza.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 08, 2020:


You are doing the right thing, Mary. My poetry is not always simple. Thank you so much!!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 08, 2020:

Lovely poems and they express beautifully so much of what Ann writes here on HP. So much depth in the lines of your poetry that I have to read it over and over again.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 07, 2020:

That's what I'm trying to do, Dee,

To send you to 'sweet' spot inside. Eh? Peace.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 07, 2020:

Both conversations are enriching (though the moon did not respond). In the third poem, I love, "sweetness in the Light of Thy Delight!" You make me just want to find my spot in Nature and settle.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 06, 2020:



I am a spontaneous writer. Words have always come easily, so I had to look again at what I wrote. I seem to recall saying nice things on that Hub of yours also, no?

I hope no one criticize me here, but my real taste is for aesthetic beauty ... for work that is sublime, discerning or clever; weaves a great story and requires thought.

I started reading and writing at 4 and was finished by 11. I read so much! So now my soul is drawn by poetic works like yours, Nellieanna, Audrey Howitt and a few more here.

There are a few prose writers that I like also, but outside of this, only mystics are my friends, as my soul seem to have an aversion to the mundane. Have a great Saturday.

Lorna Lamon on June 06, 2020:

I have just read your comment in response to mine Manatita and I am frankly amazed and humbled. I am lost for words (for once).

manatita44 (author) from london on June 06, 2020:

Haha Linda, it is a reality for the rose as you know. It needs that protection ... then goes on to offer its fragrance and sacrifice. Thank you!


Good to see you again as usual. Thanks for your kind comments. Happy Saturday!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 06, 2020:

The poetry, as well as the photos, are a delightful nod to Ann Carr. She also writes beautifully on this site. In your poll, if there had been an "all of the above," that would have been my choice.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 05, 2020:

I love the imagery and the thought-provoking ideas in your poems. I will be thinking about always being nurtured by thorns for some time. It's an interesting idea.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 05, 2020:

Thank you, Ruby. Hope that things are settling down now. Much Love.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 05, 2020:

I think everyone loves roses, so your poetry is beautiful and in tune with our heart's. Ann is very deserving of your poetry. Beautiful!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 05, 2020:

Thanks Pamela. Yes, the rose is quite charming and full of allure.

Rinita, higher blessings form the 'old' man upstairs in Jannah. Much Love.

Rinita Sen on June 05, 2020:

You know how much I love regular sonnets, and so these pieces are loved much.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 05, 2020:

You always write such beautiful poetry and this is no exception. I like the pictures as well. I have always loved ross and have grown them over the decades. God bless you, Manatita!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 05, 2020:

Thanks a lot, Therese. Keep smiling!


True. It is the God of flower for lovers and indeed humans, as the lotus is for the devotees of Light. Great to see you. Stay well.

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 05, 2020:

Such beautiful poetry from you, as always. I especially like that first one because roses might just be my favorite flower for many reasons. There is beauty in most flowers, but roses carry added significance.

Teresa Maru from Kenya on June 05, 2020:

Beautiful poetry! and the pics too!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 05, 2020:

Actually, I gather that you've been around. But I must remember that you are a friend from the UK too.

That last piece of yours was right up there with the gods and goddesses: Maha Lakhsmi, Saraswati and others. The first two are the muses for wealth and prosperity, knowledge, wisdom and the arts, etc. So you are in awesome company. Gratitude.

Lorna Lamon on June 05, 2020:

So much beauty in this delightful collection Manatita. The saying "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" comes to mind. A wonderful tribute to Ann who is such a supportive friend and talented writer.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 05, 2020:

Thanks Bill,

We are the 'originals', ha ha. Thank you so much!


I do appreciate your kind sentiment. Much Love.

Hi Ann,

Yes indeed, beauty is everywhere! There's a girl in love now, (in my Chinese movie). Her face is scarred (Long story), but her heart is good and the protagonist loves her. I bet you didn't know I'm romantic. Chuckle.

Anyway, you know the score. A woman's face is precious and she feels the difficulty in trying to reconcile with her disfigurement, but the guy sees only her beauty. Cool, eh?

Your two choices are awesome and they were done spontaneously. The third, I will perform virtually at 5 P.M today to a Rumi (Spiritual audience) collective. The theme is The Heart and The Rose, so I wrote that piece for this purpose. All my gratitude for taking the time to read these poems and stay safe. Peace.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 05, 2020:

Great to have such friends here!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 05, 2020:

Ann and I have been friends now for a long, long time. The same with you, my brother. It's reassuring to have such friends online. It fills me with comfort.

Blessings and thanks to you both


Ann Carr from SW England on June 05, 2020:

In response to your poll, I see beauty everywhere so couldn't make a choice!

I especially like Conversing with the Moon and Another Day's Beauty. Honoured to have an offering in my name! Thank you!


Rosina S Khan on June 05, 2020:

Beautiful poems and sonnet emphasizing modes of beauty. A perfect tribute to a writer like Ann Carr. Thanks for sharing, Manatita.

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