As Love Floods my Soul with its Delight. (Kenyan Delight 1) To John Hansen, Poet/Artist

Updated on January 10, 2019
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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.

Lilac-breasted roller bird of Kenya. A Free Verse Sonnet


The lilac-breasted roller bird chants verses,

As the verdant hue of the foliage,

Draws me inwards, like a fragrant rose.

Across the terrace where I now sit, a translucent

Pool dances, kissing the radiance of the sun.

The cute smile of the child hooded In yellow,

Inspires a tender whisper from my Heart,

Cascading a sweetness that I now feel.

A magical symphony of music resonates,

Amidst the delicate aroma of lunch,

Prepared and served, in this ambient setting.

Banana trees unfurl with the zephyrs;

I gaze at an eagle, beneath a canopy of vastness,

As Love floods my soul, with its Delight.

_Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 11th April 2018.

An Offering to John's Soaring Poetical Heights, like the Eagle.


" Sweet soaring bird, fly, fly!

Herald the sweet calling of the One

In infinity's vastness.

Come! Come, my Beloved,

To dance and play with me,

Flooding my core with Your rhapsody of Sweetness." -Manatita

Fusion of Rumi and Hafiz

Birds of Light

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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    19 months ago from london

    Best wishes.

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    Li-Jen Hew 

    19 months ago

    Haha, thanks! Currently waiting for exam results. Work is going to be heavier starting this week.

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    19 months ago from london

    …. and I love you too, Li-Jen. How's work and studies going? Thank you as always. Fond regards.-Lantern

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    Li-Jen Hew 

    19 months ago

    Hey Manatita, as I read your poem, I feel like a flying bird who is seeing what's happening below because the poem changes scenes with each stanza. Lovely tribute to Jodah. Thanks for sharing. I can tell you love birds and children. Good.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    19 months ago from london

    Thank you, Peggy. I appreciate the problem. I have now changed it to what you have given me. Of course, if you click on 'Source', the name Peggy Collins, comes up. That has always been there. Links rarely show except to the Hub Pages Gods. It can usually be seen only on edit.

    My appreciations for allowing me to use it. I think it's amazing!Much Peace.

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    19 months ago

    Hello, thank you for sharing my eagle photograph. I would appreciate proper attribution...the link you have provided doesn't work. My soaring eagle photograph is at

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    2 years ago from london

    Thank you Ann.

    I'm sure John will appreciate the compliment. Sometimes I do what I call observational poetry and then I add my imagery and embellishments, of course.

    Yes, I like the heron and also falcon and hawks but naturally I go for the spiritually elite: The phoenix and the eagle, because it soars like the soul.Thank you so much!!

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    Ann Carr 

    2 years ago from SW England

    I voted for heron as they are the birds of the rhynes (irrigation ditches) around here, stock-still in the water waiting for the fish. I actually have a passion for birds of prey.

    Loved the photos in this and the poetry was a great mix of reality and the ethereal. Loved it! A great tribute to John who is also one of my favourite poets here and a lovely person.


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    2 years ago from london

    Thank you, John.

    Appreciate your coming very much. I absolutely love their fusions, yes. Two awesome God-lovers who used poetry as an inspiring medium of Light.

    Thank you so much!

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    John Hansen 

    2 years ago from Queensland Australia

    Manatita, sorry I have taken so long to read this wonderful offering dedicated to myself. It was well worth the wait however and never too late to read writing as beautiful as this. Love the fusion of poems video as well. Thank you for dedicating this to me. Love it.

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    2 years ago from london

    Thanks Chitrangada.

    I love birds too. We use them a lot in esoteric poetry, as they symbolise the soul in flight; the symbol of the soul.

    Thank you so much!

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    Chitrangada Sharan 

    2 years ago from New Delhi, India

    Excellent tribute to John Hansen, a poet par excellence. I am sure, he would love this .

    What beautiful pictures of birds! Thanks for sharing a little bit of Kenya.

    Enjoyed going through your poem. It’s difficult to tell , which bird is my favourite. All of these are so beautiful creatures.

    Thank you!

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    2 years ago from london

    Thanks Ruby.

    Also a joy to see you. Are the gods continuing to look after you? Best wishes.

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    Ruby Richert 

    2 years ago

    Your poetry grows more beautiful with each stanza. I love hummingbirds.

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    2 years ago from london

    Thanks, My Dear Friend.

    This is a most wonderful sentiment and contribution. Hope that you are well. All my Love from Kenya. Gratitude.

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    2 years ago from Uninhabited Regions

    A lovely poem filled with breathtaking words, and richly, colorful photos. I anticipated upon my visit to your site that I would not leave without each of my senses being filled by the outpouring of your eloquent artistry.. I was right!

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 

    2 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

    A most wonderful and inspirational tribute. John Hansen is a truly deserving poet and writer.

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    2 years ago from london

    Yes, Miz.

    They are the song-bird of the soul. Appreciations.

    Thank you Dee.

    You noticed. I wanted to go on but I favour 14 lines. Gratitude.


    Igualmente! Hope you are doing good. Our Lord continue to bless and guide your spirit.Glory be!


    Rest assured that you and family are in my Heart. Thank you so much!!

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    Doris James MizBejabbers 

    2 years ago from Beautiful South

    They are all beautiful, Manatita. I can picture eating a nice lunch while sitting among the banana plants. You couldn't have dedicated these poems to a nicer guy than John Hansen. I appreciate him, too. BTW my favorite bird is a toss up between a ruby throated humming bird and a cardinal. I love Robins, too. I'm not hard to please when it comes to birds.

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    Dora Weithers 

    2 years ago from The Caribbean

    So many beautiful images, filled with action, involving all the senses. Another great tribute!

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    Linda Lum 

    2 years ago from Washington State, USA

    John is a gifted poet; what a wonderful tribute to him. I feel blessed to know both of you.

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    Ioannis Arvanitis 

    2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

    I always love to see the world through your eyes, as I am reading each poem of yours, dear Brother! Thank you for the beautiful scenes of Africa.

    A part of me is there, with you.

    Africa Bless you!


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    2 years ago from london

    Thank you Bill. Appreciated.


    We like them too. They are a symbol of the freedom of the soul. Thank you.

    Thanks Nikki.

    Hope all is well. God bless your noble Spirit.


    Come and join me. Need company. Need a brave soldier. Out canvassing or flyering every day. Many interesting places! A really cool bird yes. Thank you.

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    Eric Dierker 

    2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Such beauty conveyed. I am sitting there with you. Is that the coolest bird or what? I really like "flooding my core". Great concept.

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    Bill Holland 

    2 years ago from Olympia, WA

    John is DA MAN! You are DA MAN! Me, I'm just happy to call you both friends. Blessings to you both always!

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    Chris Mills 

    2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

    I love birds. For soaring, I like the eagle and the hawk. For intelligence, the crow (the whole corvidae family) has my respect. Beautiful verses for a good man, a good friend and a good poet, John Hansen.

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    Nikki Khan 

    2 years ago from London

    What a wonderful offering to John Hansen, a great poet.He is like an eagle who flies higher over the horizon.

    An insightful piece of love Manatita ji!

    Bless you!


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