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Beauty in All Things. Wednesday's Inspiration 11, to My Dear Friend Mary Norton


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

The immortal Phoenix


Only Seeds on the Elysian Breath of Being

I wish I had known the reason for my afflictions –

The dark scarlet wounds of sunset, where life

Splattered scars of my anxiety, too numerous to mention.

Aye, I look back with jubilation, for the Beloved

Was only giving me feathers, so I could grow wings;

Hid me in a dark cocoon, so I could fly –a butterfly.

I wish I had known the reason for my afflictions –

The cries of torment, loneliness and fear; when

Pestilences raged and my mind ran wild with riot.

Aye, I look back with jubilation, for the Beloved

Sent Grace, to enlighten my understanding, like the

Light does with darkness. She dried my tears with

Tenderness, even as the soul wept from isolation.

I wish I had known the reason for my afflictions.

Yet adversity was my lamp concealed; my river of tears

A pathfinder, heralding an epitome of the virgin dawn.

My thorns were my yesterdays, shaping the roses of my

Tomorrows; my bitter-sweat desires, a panacea for my ails.

What would be the joy of Tottenham fans, to know that

The game was won, even before the ball was kicked?

The splendour of the moon does not shine in daylight,

As we’d miss the night's twinkle of shooting stars. Sunrise

Follows the dusk, even as the soul grows through struggle.

All is an exalted memory, on the supernal bank of Paradise;

The dark clouds of a virus begin as seeds, on the Elysian breath … of Being.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 9th December, 2020


Beauty in all Things. A free-style Sonnet

There's beauty in all things. Hearts feel them

In the majesty of flowers and in the stars at nights.

Dawn heralds the symphony of nightingales, even

As the crescent moon withdraws into the firmament;

The radiant sun replenishes Mother Gaia.

There's also Light in our struggles, as Love awaits

At the Summit, even as we transcend our shadows,

On the ascent up the mountain, to bask in its pinnacle-rays.

So too, the seeds of Love, serve as a Kaleidoscope

Of hope; a beacon of contemplation and solace

To the Heart. Blend into this pageantry, is

The kernels of self-giving, diligence ... a

Touch of humour and a splice of sweet sacrifice ...

And we get myriad melodies to feed each soul.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 8th December, 2020


Wisdom from the Master

"Mine is the wisdom-light that tells me

To ask, not for a lighter burden,

But for a stronger Heart." - Sri Chinmoy

"Do not depend on tomorrow. Do not depend

Even on today. Just depend on now, this very moment." - Sri Chinmoy

"Spirituality is not a part-time, but a full-time relationship, with divinity." - Sri Chinmoy

"Whenever we are able to give something to God, it is because His divine Grace, is already acting in and through us."- Sri Chinmoy

Beauty in all things

Beauty in all things here

© 2020 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on December 10, 2020:

Thank you so much, Devika.

A lovely contribution. Thank you!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 10, 2020:

manatita44 Mary Norton is a wonderful person. I am sure she would love your amazing write up about her. You have a way with cheering up people and this is a perfect tribute. Warm and loving to peaceful soul.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 10, 2020:

Thanks Linda. Love is happening just as it should. The Master Planner has ordained it so and nothing is out of place. All that we see taking place is all planned out. That is another way of sayinv what I said. Thank you so much!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 09, 2020:

The first poem is very interesting and the second one is lovely. Thank you for creating this kind tribute to Mary, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 09, 2020:

So sweet Pamela. Thank you so much!1 You're a star! Gratitude!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 09, 2020:

Your poetry and the quotes were so enjoyable to read. This is such a nice article in honor of Mary. We can all appreciate the beauty in this world, and your words are beautiful, Manatita. God bless.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 09, 2020:

Thank you so much, Brenda. I can make it relate, when I want to, as I did with Bill's challenge today. Try it, it's fun! Much Love to you both. Stay safe and well. - Manatita

manatita44 (author) from london on December 09, 2020:

Lovely Mary. So we are ready, you and I? Here cometh the higher Kingdom! (Chuckle) Gratitude

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 09, 2020:


My thorns were my yesterdays, shaping the roses of my


This part is so touching. We should all embrace this carrying it with us each day.

Spirituality is fulltime. I agree.

There is always light on our path, we just need to stop and breathe it into our souls.

I enjoyed your writing today.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 09, 2020:

Thank you so much, my friend. The Phoenix always fascinates me, and this is the Now for me, the opening up to the dawn.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 09, 2020:

Ah, Peggy.

You chose such a great line! I myself do not know how I write these lines. This poem, like so many, starts in bed. haha. Thank you so much!!

Chitrangada Ji, you sum it up so well. Excellent! Hari Om Tat Sat!!

Ah, Rosina, that ever Sacrament of the Present Moment ... that Living in the Eternal Now! Thank you so much, my Dear. Jazak Allahu Khairan!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 09, 2020:

Mary Norton will be honored when she reads this tribute to her. She is a beautiful soul, and so are you. Your choice of words always amazes me. "My thorns were my yesterdays, shaping the roses of my Tomorrows" will resonate with Mary and many others. Of that, I am certain.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 09, 2020:

Beautifully composed and a lovely tribute to Mary.

I agree with your verses, that there is beauty in everything around us. Sometimes, we fail to notice that. Blessings are hidden even in our tough times.

Thank you for sharing this. Stay Blessed.

Rosina S Khan on December 09, 2020:

I love your poetry pieces, Manatita. I especially like Sri Chinmoy's advice to depend only on now, this very moment. Lovely pictures too.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 09, 2020:

Yes Indeed, such a great season for it too, Thank you, Bill.


I thank you. Looks like you appreciated the weaving. Haha. Om Shanti!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 09, 2020:

I love these tributes, I love Mary Norton, and I love you, dear friend. There's a whole lot of love going around. Do you feel it? :)

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 09, 2020:

Beauty in all things there. Fascinating composition. Enjoyed reading. Thanks.

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