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Alone in This Solitude of Emptiness


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


Alone in This Solitude of Emptiness

Being in Love with You, can sometimes

Feel like Ballet. My soul soars and

Trembles, like a bashful dancer, stunned

In a bewilderment of speechless flames.

The gleam of Your lustre, has brought

The sun and moon together, their

Rays delivering my shadows,

To a smoldering pyre of useless knots.

You are adorned, my Beloved, like immaculate

Flowers, blossoming in my being. My gaze

Held captive by Your innate beauty,

Unfurling Itself, in the bouquet of my soul.

Each strum of Your music, is like that of mystic

Fairies; every melody, like a thrill in my Heart.

Your moonlight appears, like a river of Light,

Bathing my core with its indigo rays.


Sweet Melody, You’re more gorgeous than

An Empress; gentler than a stream.

Bedecked like shooting stars, You remain

Unsullied, like the glow of lustrous heaven.

You unpeel Your dreams, revealing the

Splendour of daybreak. An extra-

Ordinary display of elegance, drawing

Me closer, to the wine of Thy lips.

Nightingales sing of Thy symphonies;

Yet without Thy emerald gaze, who will

Satisfy my longing? Now I know why the

Sacred firmament, still celebrates the shooting stars.

You’re more graceful than the swan, my Rose,

So much more eloquent than speeches!

Each Lover’s scent of the honeysuckle,

Draws You closer to my breath.


O Light of my sweet Shyama,

You’re more vibrant than the sun.

Gathering up the agonies of my yearning,

I place them all at Thy feet Divine.

I see You, waltzing effortlessly, like a celestial

Maiden, soaring with the dignity of the Condor.

Flapping with the grandeur of butterflies, You

Remain unmatched in feminine excellence.

I’m only a song-bird, whose Heart remains loyal;

Yet I’m so caught up in my reticence! I am soaked

With autumnal sentiments, too shy to repeat

The words, “I Love You.”

In thoughts of You, I yearn for summer –my radiant

Best, embraced on light-filled evenings --beneath

This beautiful sunset, I’m like a golden boat, longing

To drift, on this current of enchantment with my Queen.

The moon’s cascading twinkling stars, enthralling

My vision with shimmering lights. Now my inner longing

Dances, on the lap of Liberation. I once tied myself,

To the chains of false entanglements.

Now alone, in this rapture of drunken Emptiness,

I bathe at the gates, of a nameless Freedom.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 5th August, 2020.


© 2020 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on October 25, 2020:

Ah, Sha.

Thank you so much!!


Aaah, my kindred Spirit, you are here! A very lofty and awesome take indeed!! Right up my street!! Yes, alone with the Alone! Gratitude ... much!!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on October 25, 2020:

My dear brother, I have an "icon" of you in my mind, sitting in Holly Solitude, inhaling Light and exhaling words! These words made of the Original Light are a great blessing for us all! Gratitude!

Solitude is to be One with Everything!


Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 25, 2020:

This is vividly beautiful, manatita. I find solitude to be a necessary break from the stresses of responsibilities and obligations. I don't feel alone at all when I seek solitude.

Nice to see you back, my friend!

manatita44 (author) from london on October 25, 2020:


I see a Light ... an idea and I follow it for enhanced effect. My poetry is for 2030, 40 and beyond. Thank you so much!!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 24, 2020:

I know I've said it before, but I love the imagery in your poems. You create some beautiful pictures with your words, Manatita.

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

So sweet, Pamela. So sweet!

Thanks Danny and welcome here. I speak of the solitude of being in the presence of God. I have re-read the poem. It's even in the first stanza.

Great to see you, Bro and will visit your work. I am essentially a mystic writer. I have sat for 38 years in meditation, sometimes up to six hours a day. I go on frequent retreats. I do not speak much on those matters. Let's just say I'm generous today. Peace.

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

Thanks Brenda.

I have had a chat with you about the esoteric poems before. Many of my poems are quite Profound and this particular piece speaks of a mystical solitude. Not the solitude of being alone, but of being in the presence of 'Something Higher.'

Same thing with my Love poems, unless it is very deliberately romantic, I'm actually addressing a longing for, or experience of God. My deepest gratitude.

I hear you, Peggy. Strange for me, though, as I have had some inner exhaulted spiritual experiences, which will stay with me till I leave this body. Thank you so much!!

Yes Doris, you seem to understand the poem. Beautiful!!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 24, 2020:


Solitude can be great. I really love the quote you have at the beginning of your poem.

In solitude one can take time to reflect and relax. Rejuvenate his soul.

But too much time alone...and you might become boring. Unable to relate to people at all...which in some cases is quite okay.

Excellent words as always.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2020:

Freedom from false entanglements is a good thing. Friendships can still be maintained from a distance, but there is nothing quite like a hug from loved ones and good friends.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on October 24, 2020:

Your poem is very beautiful. I think about a graceful beautiful person of yore whom is very loved. Then I think of today's woman and giggle to myself that one would have to wash off all the daily makeup to see the real beauty beneath.

I really enjoy solitude, Manatita. After two careers that could get somewhat raucous, I'm not ashamed to admit it. I think finding real spirituality has done that for me. To sit still and listen to the voice within while the world goes on in protest is very calming.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 24, 2020:

Solitude is so peaceful sometimes. I love your beautiful poem, and it is good to see you here writing. The descriptive phrases you use in your poetry paint such a beaufiul picture. Blessings to you, Manatita.

Danny from India on October 24, 2020:

Manatita Sir, thanks for penning this wonderful poem. Time spent in solitude is the best time, as there is no one to interrupt you with their own views. Here you are free to indulge in the past memories and introspect the mistakes which could have avoided.

I liked the poem.

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

Hi Linda L,

I did that piece post hearing a piece and a discussion about Nigeria. I felt I needed to lift the room, so I launched into about 6 of my spiritual poems. They were amazed and compared me to Shakespeare. Haha. We are different poets! Gratitude.

Bill, you are funny in your seriousness. Lol. Thank you so much!!

Thanks Paul. Appreciated!

Ah, Chitangrada ji, thank you so much!!

Devika, so great to see you all here! Awesome!

Love you, Mr Happy. You are a conscientious soul and yes, birds are a part of His Creation and necessary too. Gratitude!!

Thank you, Eric. You guys are all loving! Seeing you all here is so invigorating! Stay well and blessed! - Lantern

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 24, 2020:

Manatita, so good to see you here again. Your words have given me a sense of calm that I so sorely needed. I read them twice and my tension melts away. Thank you for the gift you share.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 24, 2020:

Loved the quote at the beginning, and loved your beautiful poetry. I've said many times, since March, that this social distancing and isolation is made for me. I am perfectly fine for hours alone, with my thoughts, with reflections, with memories. It really is a marvelous time for me, and I feel bad saying that.

Blessings always

Paul K Francis from east coast,USA on October 24, 2020:

Beautiful poem. Have a nice day.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 24, 2020:

Beautiful poem!

I agree with you that at times, being alone in our own company is soothing, sometimes addictive too.

Thank you for sharing this. Have a wonderful day.

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

Sometimes I just want to be on my own. Great meaning to your poetry.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on October 24, 2020:

Was reading your piece here and as I was reading, I was thinking how differently we write. Your writing is like a certain dance. Then, I came up to that line: "I see You, waltzing effortlessly,". So, that pretty much says what I wanted to say.

"soaring with the dignity of the Condor" - Awee, that's my favorite bird! Thank You for the mention. They're endangered You know? Because of guess who? Humans.

I like solitude. It's nice. Nice to be away form Humans, no offense to anyone. I just find my other animal cousins less problematic. Haha!!

You have yourself a good one - cheers!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 24, 2020:

I write a thank you note here. Thank you solitude. Thank you for this beautiful poetry and thank you Manatita.

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

Thanks Rosina.

I also see that you have done very well with your story. Kudos to you!

Umesh, love you, Bro. Much gratitude.

John, thank you so much!

Nithya, a sweet sentiment from you. Thank you so much!

Rosina S Khan on October 23, 2020:

Beautiful piece of poetry. Thank you for sharing. I got your fan mail, thanks.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 23, 2020:

A nice poetry bringing out those subtle feelings in us. Enjoyed reading. Thanks bro.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 23, 2020:

Sweetness of solitude beautifully expressed, I enjoyed reading.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 23, 2020:

Beautiful poetic words as always, Manatita.

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

Thanks Ann. Saw and responded. Thanks for your comments here also. Much Love.

- Manatita

Ann Carr from SW England on October 23, 2020:

More beautiful poetry, manatita.

Thank you for your mail - have sent a response via hubpages.


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