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For the Spirit of Creation. Friday's Inspiration 14, to the Esteemed Writer Peggy Woods


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

For the Spirit of Walt Whitman, Daniel Boone, Dr Jane Goodall and nature and aesthetic lovers everywhere


For The Spirit of Creation

Forest, you are the Creator’s open book,

Where cricket’s chant, birds recite verse;

Each stream a sacred psalm from the earth.

The sunlight shimmers through your boughs,

Creating a luminous canopy, where golden

Beams unchanged, break into a ceaseless

Revelation, of your divine magnificence.

Descending down the winding path, your

Stillness hugs me closer, until my breath

Becomes the breeze; my steps the fluttering leaves.

Your lushness draws me inwards, as my soul,

Diving deeper into your mystery, stands still

In rapture, serene and silent, as the ocean’s bed.

On long weary days I soothe my Spirit, drinking

Of your grandeur to the fullest. Absorbed in the

Sacrament of the present moment, while you

Whisper changes to the seasons.

How enchanting are your creatures … the foliage’s,

Running through the silence of your seasons. While

Your breath-taking splendour, offer up itself in contemplation,

Harvesting freedom and an unparalleled zest for life.

Dawn comes walking on a pageantry of your radiance,

As a symphony of bluebirds envelop my soul. While,

Distilled into your power and majesty, you perform

Your sacred duty, for the Spirit of Creation.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 17th June, 1999.


Haiku: Fading Summer

Rose-tint Autumn leaves

A magenta-coloured flight

My heart’s glow dances

Zephyrs caress me

Magenta leaves glide freely

Autumn scents I breathe - Lantern Carrier


Blossoms of the Heart, 2. A Free-style Sonnet

Sunflowers glow gracefully, on either side of a

Sunlit path, strewn with gravel and flora. Standing

Proudly against a rocky shore, a Roman lighthouse

Gleams majestically, some eight hundred metres away.

The verdure of the trees and foliage, glisten against

A cherry-red sky with strands of clouds. The allure of

Nature dances within; bemuses me in trance.

I’m intoxicated, and a river of wine bewilders my Being.

The crimson moon, not to be undone, descend in

My Temple, like a priceless pearl in the prime of its

Lustre. A Taj mahal of grandeur percolates my Heart, as

The sunset kisses an ethereal gaze, with its radiant beauty.

Nectar flows within, bathing my soul with an ocean of sweetness;

My Spirit sings with the symphony of starlings, heralding the virginity of dawn.

_ Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 14th October, 2020.


I Wish to be a Lover, With You as my Rose. A free-style Sonnet

I once sealed my memory, to the wounds

Of afflictions and desires. Now you have

Kindled a flame of fire in my soul,

So I could shine like the morning star.

When my world seemed lost;

My capacity to soar was stultified.

You came like a breeze above the clouds,

Dispelling my ‘mistiness of shadows.’

There was a cold chill; an endless darkness in Your

Absence; now my Heart awakes, to the glories of shooting stars.

Even as the fish, enjoys the breath of the ocean, make

Me You udder, to savor the milk of heaven’s sweetness.

Let my Heart’s lotus open, like the flower to the dawn,

For I wish to be a Lover, with You as my Rose.

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


© 2020 manatita44


Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 19, 2020:

What a poem to offer to Peggy. The ethereal beauty of Nature.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 18, 2020:

Hello Manatita!

Hope you are doing well. So good to see you publishing after a long time. Beautiful poems, and lovely tribute to a wonderful writer and friend—Peggy.

Thanks for sharing this, and take care.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 18, 2020:

Jai Linda!

So good to see you. Much Peace! - Lantern

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 17, 2020:

Nature can be very inspiring. Thank you for sharing the beautiful poetry and the kind tribute to Peggy, Manatita. It's lovely to read another of your articles.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 17, 2020:

Ah, Ruby so sweet!! If you know how to use Zoom, you can hear me 3.p.m Uk time on this Sunday. You need to download Zoom and I will send you the ID and password. This you do in the comfort of your own home. I will be doing about 20 minutes of inspirational poetry.

Thank you so much!!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 17, 2020:

This is another beautiful creation from you. Peggy is a sweet friend. I watched the video and your spirit shines through. Missed you my poet friend.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 17, 2020:

Ah Devika. Missed you too. So sweet! So sweet!

Bahut-bahut-Dhanyvad (Thanks a lot!)

Rosina, yes indeed! Thank you so much, my dear. Shukria!

Audrey, You like the title? This poem is special and was given to my Guruji in 2004. It is still called Sacred Duty in my poetry book, Forty Roses to my Lord Supreme. Which do you prefer? Gratitude


Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 17, 2020:

manatita44 A great welcome back and it has been a while since I have read a hub from you. This is a fantastic write about nature and its beauty to save in its form. Peggy Woods is an amazing person, supportive and a good writer too.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on October 16, 2020:

Peggy is a beautiful, special person with a heart of gold. This is a lovely tribute and thank you for this "Spirit of Creation."

Rosina S Khan on October 16, 2020:

It's good to see you back, Manatita. Beautiful poetry including the Haiku poems. A wonderful tribute to a lady like Peggy. Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 16, 2020:

Yes, indeed Peggy. A change in one's angle of vision. That is why Saviours keep coming ... that is why Christ did not listen to Barabas. He knew that the best way is one of Love, even though seemingly slow. We as humans believe in quick fixes.

Yes, I thought you would like the verdure of forests and green. You are an artist, after all. So kind of you to visit! Much Love.

Mr Happy, haha.

So sorry. I get overwhelmed. I come from a very active Path of service and I'm always doing something. I have been to Germany twice since. The Path of the monk is one of service ... service to God, service to mankind.

Again, I took time off to Publish my book for the second time and I still have not done it. So grateful you are here. You're a good man, one of social conscience and I support a lot of your ideas. You'll be surprised. Peace.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 16, 2020:

Thanks for the lovely tribute and for honoring the beauty of nature in all its forms. Our neighbors just got back from a trip to Montana. Those wide-open spaces with majestic mountains are beautiful! We enjoyed it vicariously through some photos she sent.

Enjoy your weekend. By-the-way, I think that we can do something about our eco-systems. It will take everyone worldwide to do their part.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on October 16, 2020:

I'm more just saying "hi" since You vanished for a while. I wish all is well on your end for You and la familia.

I'm not good with poetry as I might have mentioned before but I do very much appreciate your talk about Forests. They are a big part of who/what I am and I appreciate those who respect and care for them. Thanks for that - cheers!

manatita44 (author) from london on October 16, 2020:

Thanks Millicent. Welcome. Send me an email and I'll give me an invite to zoom on Sunday 1500 - 1700 hrs U.K. It is an inspirational programme.

Thanks for the complement. Peace.

Shauna ji (respect for an esteemed friend)

Thank you, thank you. We need every little help in these 'trying' times. Lol. Love you, Sha. - Lantern

Millicent Okello from Nairobi, Kenya on October 16, 2020:

Hi Manatita

When the drums of goood sound of praise are heard, it's a symbol of true beauty . I love the poem so much and it's a wirth a dedication.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 16, 2020:

manatita, it's so good to have you back. You've blessed us with a bounty of beauty and peace in your words.

What a beautiful way to end the week!

manatita44 (author) from london on October 16, 2020:

Hey Bill, good to see you too.

Yes indeed, have a great weekend!! - Lantern Carrier

Hello Brenda, lovely to hear from you! Yes, good to be here amongst friends. Thank you so much!!


Your sentiments are always gracious and lovely. We both - and I think Peggy too - comes from a loving profession. We will get extra merits in heaven, but no, not yet ... not yet!! Stay blessed.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 16, 2020:

It's good to see you back writing, my friend, and to honor Peggy upon your return is a fine treat. I am now satisfied as I head into the weekend, filled with the beauty of your words.

Blessings to you both, always!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 16, 2020:


I have missed reading your work.

I love the first one the spirit & the last one my love....both harbor deep feelings.

Your writing as always is eloquent and touching.

Thank you for sharing your work & tribute to Peggy.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 16, 2020:

Also meant to add that Peggy is very worthy of a tribute. I love her writing and all those lovely places she shows us.


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 16, 2020:

I have missed you Manatita. Your poetry is beautiful, as usual. It was good to hear your recite your poem, and you have honored a lovely lady. Peggy is a wonderful lady. Thanks for gracing us with your beautiful poetr today.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 16, 2020:

Thanks Ann, not to worry. You have your hands full, I know and again, Zoom is a fairly new thing for many. I wish I was the CEO. Haha. I would do nicely, thank you. Lol

Hi Raymond,

You mean Peggy or Whitman plus? Actually I shouldn't ask. They are all amazing! And so are my writer-friends like you and others here. Your sentiment is heart-felt and noted. Gratitude.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 16, 2020:

Love the first one - at one with nature - beautiful.

By the way, I appreciate the invitation to zoom but I don't do that. Many have been trying to persuade me but no! Emails and facetime with family are enough. The email address you used no longer functions outwardly and will probably cease altogether soon, so I rarely check it these days.

Best wishes


Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on October 16, 2020:

With your poems you do honour to the aforementioned. I enjoyed seeing and hearing you recite the last poem.

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