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Age: Youth VS Wisdom. Inspired by Brenda Arledge’s 21st Prompt, ‘Age.' To My Brother, Venkatacharya Ji

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

Sri Chinmoy

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Wisdom from the Master Plus Introduction

"He who loves, never grows old. God it a shining example." - Sri Chinmoy

"Yesterday I was clever, That is why I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, That is why I am changing myself." - Sri Chinmoy

"Every second a seeker can start over, For his life's mistakes Are initial drafts And not the final version." - Sri Chinmoy


Brenda’s prompt, No 21, is ‘Age.’ I have given a contrast between youth and seniority, interspersing them with aphorisms of Sri Chinmoy and a video to inspire hope, pointing towards beauty ... to Love.

Brenda needs no introduction, as she regularly and tirelessly encourages us, with prompts, either to try our hands at, or continue our creative writing efforts. She's an excellent poet and writer; a great motivator well known to the regular members of the Hubpages community. We applaud her as one singular Unit

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Age: Youth Vs Wisdom. Cantata One

Scolded at school, while I played online games,

I was a great fool, who prattled with mates.

The naughty prankster; great parties and dames,

Trousers on hips, as I tried to relate.


I danced till the dawn, as lilies unfurled,

I played with cell-phones; rode scooters for sport.

I sought out attractions and fancy curls,

At poorly dressed girls, I tended to gloat.


The prime of my youth, few cares or unease,

Drank liquor a plenty; tried a good smoke.

No cares about Covid, did as I please,

Puffed marihuana, inhaled a good ‘coke.’


Plummeted down a great slip-e-ry slope,

Till Marylin came and brought me some hope.

Albert Einstein

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Age: Youth Vs Wisdom. Cantata Two

Challenged and burnt on many occasions,

I’ve learnt to adjust; enrichen my pace.

Sixty long seasons and now prudence dawns,

My Heart is a child and wisdom my race.


Now I feel blessed, with lustre and beauty,

There’s plenty of perks and courtesy too.

They pay for my fuel, bus-pass is free,

While youngsters make room, on transport for me.


While some aches and pains will visit at times,

My strength diminished; less memories retained.

There’s merits a plenty; when the bell chimes,

Heaven will smile for the virtues I gained.


So, youth has its value, vibrancy; zest,

Yet ageing with wisdom, by far is best.


_ Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 18th July, 2021.


Growing old Gracefully

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Wisdom from the Master

"True inner joy is self-created. It does not depend on outer circumstances. A river is flowing in and through you carrying the message of joy. This divine joy is the sole purpose of life." - Sri Chinmoy

"Not what happens to you But how you accept it Is of paramount importance." - Sri Chinmoy

"God’s philosophy is simpler than the simplest: “Never give up, never give up!" - Sri Chinmoy

Ageing Gracefully

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