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A Walk Through Spring. Monday's Inspiration 67, an Offering to Verlie Burroughs (Snakeslane)


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

Stunning Spring!


Note: la piscina in the poem means 'swimming pool.'

I rise at dawn, to the melody of starlings,

Echoing in my surroundings. From my window,

I could see the terrace adjacent to la piscina,

As red mulberries glow with the streaming Light.

Hyacinths unfurl their purple leaves, as the

Light kisses their yellow stamens.

Tulips and daisies gleam in the sunlight, singing of

Grandeur, to the waltzing cherry blossoms.

It is a season of new growth, as renewal pushes

Out the mists of fog and darkness. The sun gleaming

Through an opal sky, kisses the tapestry of colours below;

My Heart drips joy, with the pride of morning dew.


The symphony of nature dances, performing wonders in a

Soul weeping beauty, cascading magic, like the flowers.

Deep down in the meadow of the valley of Love,

A clay pathway winds its way to the undulating hills.

The décor of the flora is way past amazing, as the lustrous

Heaven, hugs the trees and foliage. I close my eyes;

Walk in serenity to the seashore, see the waves splash and the

Rocks steeped with rugged beauty, whispering praises to God.

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

- Awakening the Inner Light -


Spring Comes

Spring arrives,

The old man is gone

As the universe sings to me.

My Heart dances once again,

As my river of joy flows, dispersing

The cobwebs of yesteryear. - Manatita


© 2020 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on June 02, 2020:

Well thanks Bro.

A visit highly appreciated! Yes, I wrote a poem on New York and another by my mentor which is even loftier. I have a piece called The Soul of America Rejoices. Finally, I have a very lofty work here in two parts called A Glimpse Into The Vision of America.

You and I feel the same way about the cold. I even feel it in April in NY, but generally the summer there is too hot. Hard to win. Lol.

You're very poetic with your mosquitos and critters and I envy your visit to Cuba. Much Love.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on June 02, 2020:

I love the Spring! It's my favorite season if I had to pick one but to be honest, I cannot really pick one. I feel like I need them all. I was in Cuba once, two days before Christmas and they were decorating a Christmas tree in the lobby of the hotel. That image couldn't register in my brain properly because I was sweating balls at the time. Winter for me means snow and cold. It has to be that way, in my world.

But ya, I was born in May so ... I adore Spring. Everything comes to life from the snow. All the flowers, the critters ... ohh my goodness, the mosquitos are out now too, with the black flies ... You start slapping yourself silly trying to keep them away from You. It's great! Haha!!

I came by 'cause You mentioned You wrote about America's light (in a comment on the last piece I put out) ... I found Spring's Light. I like Spring's Light and I appreciate You writing about it. Thank You.

All the best!

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

A lovely thought from you, bro.

Thank you so much!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 05, 2020:

Spring is like a child, sweet and beautiful and bustling with activity. I love it. You brought it to life. Thank you.

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

True, but I'm not sure in this current climate. Good to see you. Stay safe.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 05, 2020:

Sweet and eloquent. I think what I like about Spring the most is the change in people's attitudes.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 24, 2020:

Umm! Filled with Light,, love beauty. You are a true and sensuous romantic, truly, Devika. Lovely!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 24, 2020:

Spring is my best time of year as Autumn is. In Spring I get to plant new flowers and make the garden look pretty again.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 24, 2020:

Chuckle ... chuckle, Phillip.

Yes, we need some good news or light humour. Correct. After all, we are sensibly restricted right now. (Smile) Keeps us sane, smiling. Thanks Bro.


Good to see you once again. I appreciate that.

I'm like Lord Shankara, who threw his own superb treatise into the sea, to please his best friend, who was more interested in name and fame.

For ten years here, I have spoken only of sacrifice, Love, beauty and Light ... the things of Paradise. Earth does not give me the same resonance ... except in all that is naturally and inherently beautiful, as it is of God. I think you know that. Much Love.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on March 24, 2020:

Thanks again manatita for your gorgeous write and thanks Rinita, Lorna, Bill, Ruby for your kind words, there is no 'best' in poetry. It's the reader that makes the poem through their own imagination. You guys Rock!

Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on March 24, 2020:

It is always a comfort to read your beautiful poetry among the misery fired upon us every day. Enjoy springtime!

manatita44 (author) from london on March 23, 2020:

Remember you can write if you need someone to talk to. Much Love, Donna.

Donna Rayne from Greenwood, Indiana on March 23, 2020:

Manatita, what beautiful poems. Very well written and thank you for sharing them.


Donna Rayne

manatita44 (author) from london on March 23, 2020:

Thank You, O Truth-seeker,

And if Bengaluru relates to Bengal, then you have come from the land of spiritual giants. Welcome!

Emily Dickinson is still a fine American soul to many. Yes, your sentiment is sublime and I appreciate it very much. Om Shanti!

Ruby, my Dear.

I thank you so much. Higher blessings.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 23, 2020:

This is truly beautiful and the flowering photos make your poetic words come alive. Verlie is very deserving of your gift.

VIDYA D SAGAR on March 23, 2020:

A beautiful poem Manatita and lovely pictures of spring. I enjoyed Emily Dickenson reading too. Spring sure brings a lot of hope and joy. Your poem instills cheerfulness in these stressful times. Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 23, 2020:

Thank you, Verlie.

So happy to feel honoured by your presence.

I'm doing them partly due to the crisis, yes, ... to inspire cheerfulness, hope ... but they still come naturally to me. Normally, I will return to the esoteric, or maybe not put these up, that is all. But again, I'm still adding a touch of esoteric beauty to the seasonal ones.

So good to see you, stay safe.


You are always so sweet. Thank you, thank you.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 23, 2020:

Your poetry is as beautiful as the flowers in your pictures. Spring is always a time for renewal and beauty.

God bless you, Manatita.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on March 23, 2020:

Oh! What a nice surprise. Thank you manatita. I love your Spring poems, and the Emily Dickinson reading, I've not heard before. Lovely in this time of solitary confinement to have the cheery presence of the birds, and enjoy the increasing light. It will be interesting to see the poems that come out of this crisis. Stay safe lantern carrier!

manatita44 (author) from london on March 23, 2020:

Thank you, Margaret. Awesome!

Margaret Pan from Athens on March 23, 2020:

Sweet Spring.. A beautiful time that warms everyone's hearts.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 23, 2020:

Thank you, Diane.

Appreciated. Stay safe!

Manju, you're a loving fan, thank you.

Manju lata from Ambala City on March 23, 2020:

You have drawn all the beauty of Spring through your article and beautiful pictures.

Diane Denison from Cincinnati Ohio on March 23, 2020:

Thank you manatita44 for this poem acknowledging birth and intense beauty of nature," As Red Mulberries glow with the streaming Light." Spring baby birds hatch from a nest. So many holy births takes place. I have always been astounded by the beauty of spring. Going to share this.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 23, 2020:

Ah, Lorna. Thank you so much!! Highly appreciated!

Lorna Lamon on March 23, 2020:

The beauty of Spring comes to life in this wonderful poem Manatita. A fitting tribute to Verlie who is a talented writer.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 23, 2020:

Ah, Kathy,

You're new to me. Welcome!

Your appraisal of Spring; of my work, is commendable. Thank you so much!

Hi Bill,

Good to see you, Bro.

Now I thought I was your number 1, no? ha ha. Chuckle. She's awesome yes, like a few others I know. My kind of poetry is mostly esoteric or metaphysical and are rather like Rumi's, Hafiz, Kabir and my own spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy. Stay well!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 23, 2020:

If you ask me to name my top five poets on HP,Verlie is either #1 or #2. She is that good! And I know next to nothing about poetry, but I know enough to tell she is outstanding.

Blessings to you both!

Kathy Henderson from Pa on March 23, 2020:

Ahh, the renewal that comes through your words describing spring. A lovely thing to hold to in these stressful times. Remembering a season comes and goes without our control and continues with its beauty even amongst chaos. Peace to you and yours in this season.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 23, 2020:

I fear the lock down, as I have to keep going for food. I spoke to my brother in another country yesterday, he says he has food for six months. Same thing seemed to have happened in London, but back to the Hub. We need some light as well as shadows.

I'm well, happy for you. Om Shanti!

Rinita Sen on March 23, 2020:

So far so good. Amidst a lockdown. Hope you are coping fine too.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 23, 2020:

Hi Rinita,

Are you coping well?

Hope my words and colours continue to liven up your spirit. Much gratitude.


Thank you so much! Stay well. Hari Om!

Rosina S Khan on March 23, 2020:

Your poems on Spring definitely bring hope and joy to the heart in these moments of crisis. Thank you for sharing.

Rinita Sen on March 23, 2020:

Fitting tribute to one of the most talented poets on HP. Poetry as fresh as spring herself.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 23, 2020:

Ah ... Peggy. So sweet, so sweet! A great start to this comment section. Thanks a million!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2020:

Oh those lovely flowers, and your poetry! It is just what we all need right now! Thanks for brightening our spirits.

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