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Gems of the Soul. Friday's Inspiration 13, to Bhavna Sj


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

Introduction to the beauty of nature and source of poem

This regular 8-syllable Sonnet is my own creation, inspired by the work 'Leisure' by William Henry Davies, read from the site of the famous Jacquie Lawson card and animation company in England.

I had an intuitive feel for his Sonnet and automatically composed an eight syllable one, only to find out afterwards, that his was eight syllables also. William's poem experiences leisure through nature; mines encompasses both leisure and nature as a way to experience the deeper magnificence of the soul.

William wrote six couplets or a total of 12 lines. I have written three quatrains of four lines each with the scheme of a regular Sonnet, including the couplet at the end. Rather than the 10, sometimes11-syllable line format of a regular Sonnet, I have chosen an 8-syllable format, not for the first time, for my poem.

I have already sent this poem to some writers here. Hope that those who have not seen it like it. I used a Jacquie Lawson picture for inspiration, expressing its depth, in my own inimitable style. The photo is not included to avoid copyright problems. Om Shanti!

Enraptured Leisure by Manatita

Enraptured Leisure. An 8-Syllable Sonnet.

What is this flask of tea to me,

Where on this bench I sit and stare?

Charmed brooks; grey stones are now my glee;

Magical beauty; nature’s care.

O for the Love; the Peace within,

Tall trees and vibrant flowers strewn,

The joy of colours; verdant green,

Lushness and Light-filled afternoon.

The flora rise beneath my feet,

Aesthetic walks I vision here.

Cow’s graze upon a pasture’s treat;

Butterflies dancing … everywhere!

Here my Beloved’s rapture’s mime,

Rest in a landscape sweet; sublime.

_ Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 16th July, 2020


Gems of The Soul

The Light of the Heart is blurry;

I rush madly, like bulls in a large grazing field,

Not knowing that Love directs the rope that holds me.

I interact socially, hang out in pubs and take life

For granted. Forced suddenly into isolation, I encounter

Loneliness, while coping equals struggle and despair.

I have forgotten the joys of simplicity and beauty;

Insecurity and depression have become my new friends.

Alone with the Alone, I’m stabbed by fear and fall upon the darkness.

Sweet Spirit, augment the agony of yearning in my soul,

So my fire glow, like fruits, ripening in summer. I am a young

Phoenix, striving to fly from a realm quaking with storms.


O grief, O sorrow! The Beloved is beckoning me --

Trying to light a flame, in the Citadel of my Heart.

I wish for the lustre of moonlight; the twinkling stars;

To rise each new morn, to another virgin dawn.

You are my mirror, sweet Melody; I wish to adorn You

With beautiful flowers. In the abysmal abyss of my

Shadows You came; bringing the healing smile of the

Indigo heavens, to awaken the sunrise of my soul.

It is daybreak, I hear the singing of larks;

Give praise in the stillness of the Spirit.

Beauty whispers in my ear, as do

The melody of sparrows and canaries.

The red-faced goldfinch delightfully calls: come! Come!

My breath blends in equipoise with Gaia Mata, and I feel blessed.

My Hope-bird, my Light! Why did I hold on to despair?

Like a nightingale with new melodies, my anxiety and

Tensions are now Yours. The regret-cage has been

Shattered like glass, and my soul weeps in rhapsody.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 16th July, 2020


Wisdom-songs of Sri Chinmoy

"Against the power of the inner joy,

The loudest drum is nothing but a tiny toy." - Sri Chinmoy

"Peace is not the absence of war,

Peace is the presence of Love, harmony and oneness." - Sri Chinmoy

"I give with a sleepless smile, I give

I live with a breathless cry, I live

I sow the seeds of peace, I sow

I row my golden boat, I row." - Sri Chinmoy

Wisdom from Sri Chinmoy

"Science goes
Forward and backward.
Nature goes
Inward and upward." - Sri Chinmoy

"The human mind
Takes help from Science
To succeed.
The divine heart
Takes help from Nature
To proceed." - Sri Chinmoy

Sonnets and rhyming poems

© 2020 manatita44


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

Thank you, my Sweet. Stay blessed. Love to the family. - Manatita

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on August 24, 2020:

Beautiful poetry :) Interesting reading :) Hope you are well :) Take care and may God bless you!

manatita44 (author) from london on August 02, 2020:

Danny, welcome and thank you so much! Appreciated! I'll visit you a.m. Om Shanti!

Drew, yes, you are very wise. Gratitude and welcome here.

Drew Agravante from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on August 02, 2020:

I enjoyed it very much. Thank you for sharing. Indeed, there is a soul within art crafted words.

Danny from India on August 02, 2020:

Sri Chinmoy's eternal wisdom. Thank sir for the article.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 02, 2020:

Thank you so much, Nithya. Appreciated.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 01, 2020:

Beautifully expressed poems and great words of wisdom from Sri Chinmoy.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 29, 2020:

Namaste, my BhaiaJi.

Appreciate your kind and loving sentiment. Om Shanti!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 29, 2020:

Motivating and inspiring.

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

Good afternoon, Ernest, my Brother.

Welcome and thank you so much! I will visit you later today.


Thank you, thank you, appreciated.

Ernest Festus Awudey from Ho, Ghana. on July 25, 2020:

Nice piece.... great poems with great meaning... Thanks so much for sharing.

Rosina S Khan on July 23, 2020:

Thank you, Manatita, for these soul-reaching nature poems along with Sri Chinmoy's wise quotes. A wonderful contribution on your part indeed!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 20, 2020:

Thank you, Alicia.


Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 19, 2020:

I always enjoy the nature imagery in your poetry. Thank you for sharing some lovely scenes and thoughts in your poems.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 19, 2020:


I thank you very much and welcome here. Have a blessed weekend. Salaam!

thoughtsprocess from Navsari (India) on July 18, 2020:

Beyond beautiful.

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


Good to see you so positive. This 'thing' has been hard on many and I'm so grateful that God is still so compassionate to me.

My sincere gratitude for your loving and Heartfelt comments, always. I pray for the Mother's continued blessings in your life. Om Shanti!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 18, 2020:

manatita44 I feel such poetry and so amazing t read and feel that calm in such tough times. Positive means good and nothing for me can be any other way but positive.

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

Good evening, my Dear Ruby.

Hope you are well. Glory be!

Thank you so much!!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 18, 2020:

This was especially beautiful today. Your poetry calms the soul in this difficult time. Thank you for the lovely card.

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

Thank you, Rajan. Appreciated!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 17, 2020:

Beautiful nature photos to match the exquisite imagery. Love the wisdom of Sri Chinmoy's words.

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

Hi Pamela,

A sweet sentiment! Gratitude ... much!

Bhavna, my DidiJi,

You are finally here. I bow to you with 'nuff respect!! Om Shanti!!


My pleasure. It is one of my favourite poem and a new card from Jacquie Lawson which is done so beautifully! Did you see the butterfly at the end?

You are a nature lover too? Awesome!!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 17, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful card. It meant so much to me...and you mean so much to me. Nature is my family of love, inspiration, knowledge, and even music. Every day I hug a tree and bless the ground. I give gratitude to the sky, both day and night. I am a child of all of nature designed by my Creator.

You are my brother of love and light. Thank you for your inspiration and guidance.

Love and peace always,


Bhavna from India on July 17, 2020:

Beautiful and Inspiring lines

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 17, 2020:

This article is so beautiful and your unique gift for writing poetry always shines. I particularly liked the first one. Mnatita, have a wonderful weekend. God Bless.

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

Blessings to you, too, Mrs L.

Nature meditations this weekend? Give my hugs to your Garden of Love. Peace.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 17, 2020:

Thank you for the card and poem and the beautiful imagery. Blessings to you this weekend.

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

Thank you, Danny and welcome here.

Appreciate you kind comment.

Devatva, truly appreciate you.

You're a divine soldier. Peace.

Mr Happy

I feed of an intuitive feel, which comes from 38 years of spiritual practice. But it is equally true to say that English has always been my best subject at school. I read and read and read and by 11, I was finished reading ... yet I continued. However, I do have an intuitive feel and when people say you do this or that in poetry, I agree, even though it is not planned. Writing comes naturally to me. It is a gift of Grace.

We like to embellish, we poets and writers. It plays a very useful part in enhancing the piece. I neither drink nor go to pubs, but the words will resonate in souls that do.

Birds are useful for embellishments too, and the Phoenix is an immortal bird. Again, my psyche thinks 'images' all the time.

Sri Chinmoy speaks highly of nature and yes, some souls feed of it more. I'm sure that there are esoteric reasons. Sri Chinmoy has said that in some places, nature itself helps you to meditate.

Bill, Cam, Ioannis and Shauna will understand. Maybe the Lindas' too and definitely Deb Hirt, who don't seem to write anymore. Nature enhances the receptivity of the Heart ... the Spiritual Heart.

Yes, Gratitude is the life-breath of God and worship should began this way at dawn and be a 24-hr thing. Hope that makes sense.

Finally, the God-man and the Disciple, are like a tree and its branches. God is the life-tree and the Disciples are the branches. Again, God is like the Captain of a boat - a golden boat - rowing to a Golden Shore (Paradise). Disciples are like passengers or rowers, if you like, in this very significant boat. Om Shanti!

P.S The goldfinch has both red and yellow and yes, I know it is a wolf. Peace.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on July 17, 2020:

P.S. It's a Wolf and not a Dog. Still the Canidae family but a little different. There's no name to it. It's just a White Wolf.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on July 17, 2020:

What did You study? Your dissection of poetry is quite impressive.

"I interact socially, hang out in pubs and take life

For granted. Forced suddenly into isolation, I encounter

Loneliness" - I do not encourage anyone to take absolutely anything for granted.

I just ate, which is always nice but before I did, I gave thanks for being able to cook the food, for having what to cook with, for being able to eat the food, as in chew, for being able to digest it and heal from it. There is a lot we take for granted. If You're grateful for having shoes, also be grateful for having feet on which to put shoes on. Some of us don't.

Luckily for me, as an introvert I am in more, or less: continual isolation. I've been preparing my entire life for this pandemic, it seems. Jeanne d'Arc come to mind again. She always does.

"I am a young Phoenix" - You know ... sigh: I have much love the Phoenix. In a very vivid dreaming once, I was flying alongside two Phoenixes, just gliding across the Sky. A memorable moment.

You made me search for "larks". I don't know my birds. I mean, I know my vultures, eagles, hawks, rooks, crows, ravens but not the little bitty, singing birds. Those seem like cannon-fodder to me, haha!! Just kidding (a little).

Ohh!! I knew the "goldfinch" but that's 'cause it's yellow and yellow is my favorite colour. I heard of "nightingale" before but never seen one. I must have heard it in a song, or maybe another poem. I don't read-up on birds usually. Although, I have read on how to track birds and read-up on cardinals because a pair keeps returning to the tree outside my balcony here, every Spring for the last few years at least.

"I row my golden boat, I row" - "Chop wood and carry water"?

"The divine heart

Takes help from Nature

To proceed." - Sri Chinmoy - Not sure what he meant here but I need Nature for every single breath and every single step. It is everything in this three dimensional perspective. I am Nature. Nature is in I.

Danke schoen! Until again,


Devatva Tripathi from LUCKNOW on July 17, 2020:

Really inspiring ❤️

Danny from India on July 17, 2020:

Very inspiring Sir.

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

Chuckle. Granted, you do.

Thank you so much!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 17, 2020:

And I do friend, I do.

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

Thanks Peggy,


Thank you, Liliane.

Stay blessed and wonderful yourself. Peace.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2020:

I appreciate your beautiful thoughts, card, and poetry. Thank you. As Bill wrote, "keep on keeping on..." and doing what you do.

Liliane Najm from Toronto, Canada on July 17, 2020:

How beautiful!

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

Thank you Bill. Appreciated.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 17, 2020:

Thank you for the card, for the poetry, and for your friendship. All invaluable to me, my friend.

Keep on keeping on, brother!

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

Thank you, Bro and welcome here.


Ankita B on July 17, 2020:

Beautiful poems.

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

Thanks Eric,

Did you know that you promise to return in 99% of your comments? Look forward to seeing you then. Peace.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 17, 2020:

Thank you my friend for this. Today I will come back and savor some more.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on July 17, 2020:

Wonderful Poems. God bless you dear friend.

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

Thank you, my brother.

I do appreciate your kind sentiment.

Uttamkumar567 from India on July 17, 2020:

And a divine soul like you motivate people for doing better !


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