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

Updated on April 13, 2018
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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

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      manatita44 2 days 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 3 days 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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      manatita44 4 days 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 4 days ago

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

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      manatita44 6 days 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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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 6 days 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 7 days ago from Riga, Latvia

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

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      manatita44 7 days 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 7 days ago

      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 7 days ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Linda Lum 7 days 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 7 days 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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      manatita44 7 days 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 8 days 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 8 days 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 8 days ago from Missoula, Montana at least until August 2018

      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 8 days 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!