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Hoping for a Carousel of Sweet Promises


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

Inspired by Bill Holland's 'Artistry with Words.'


Hoping for A Carousel of Sweet Promises

The ambience is draped in a tapestry of darkness.

Scattered crows embrace a mind frightened by

Overcast shadows, echoing fears of another ‘lockdown.’

My heart weeps, looking at a misty tomorrow,

While the pain of another separation from loved

Ones, plays havoc with the colours of my optimism.

An avalanche of gremlins and ghosts, control the

Energy from my radio, T.V, and within the cobwebs

Of Zuckerberg’s well spurned meshes of spiders.

Layers upon layers envelop me; I’m cloaked in a

Melancholy of foreboding --a blanket of loneliness, making

It difficult to see the moon and twinkling stars at twilight.

My soul is anything but uplifting, as I sink in a pool

Of useless thoughts, a bleak winter no comfort to my

Despair, as Matt Hancock cast doubts on my family re-union.

It is only seven days to the future --that bright star of

Bethlehem of Judea. Magi’s are exalting the name of

The one called Christ! Yet my mood is still anxious, as

A corona nemesis, inches ever closer to my neighbourhood.


I long to do the things that evoke Love; beauty –to shake

Hands, to hug, to kiss; to indulge in a bit of ping-pong intricacy.

Instead, I keep wearing the filtered N94 mask, as my emotions

Shed tears and I keep hearing the cliché of hands, face … space.

Anguish carves itself in a head asking questions,

As my soul becomes solemn with sorrow. I’m in a

Place of hopelessness, cold within as the chill that hits

Me; my hope’s a candle that wanes and flickers in the breeze.

I walk out with a take-away, from my once neighbourly café,

As fellow humans avoid me, not before the black-white electronic

Dots scan my details, to ensure I’m available, for contact tracing.

I walk past a homeless woman, sitting in the cold, boxed-up

And blanketed against nature’s anger, a black drizzle tugging

At her heart of beauty. I hand her the coffee and Bakewell

Tart I’d promised her, as I head for the supermarket one last time.

Rosana, all masked up at 82, forces her way to the front of a

Queue at Morrison’s, clutching her three-wheeled frame. Her

Collie follows her, wagging its tail, her only solace as she looks

Up to the firmament, her Heart filled with the seeds of prayer.

Life goes on though, and while a Tsunami of challenging waves

Resonate from all directions, she even manages to exit with Ferrero

Rocher, a gift for her gran-daughter, in this new world of turbulence.

She heads home, knowing that the smile of love from her daughter

Would greet her, even as she listens to the nightly news, hoping for a

Cessation of storms; of brighter tomorrows, a new radiance walking

On dawns, and a Carousel of sweet promises for Christmas and Beyond.

- Lantern Carrier. 16th December, 2020



Wisdom from the Master

"Hope knows no fear

Hope dares to blossom

Even inside the abysmal abyss.

Hope secretly feeds

And strengthens Promise." - Sri Chinmoy

Artistry With Words | Helping writers to spread their wings and fly - Bill Holland


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


Sometimes I write relatable topics and sometimes I do the mystical. I also do the observational, Sonnets, haiku and so forth. It is easy for me to do the topical ... the every day, as my sense of intuition to current trends are very strong. Yet my Heart is with heavenly things and for me poems of that nature are more ethereal, sublime and lofty.

As humans though, we are where we are and so everything gels with everyone at the right moment. I do appreciate your loving sentiment though and after all, this is where we are right now. I'll probably do that piece tonight on Zoom. In line with our conversation, many poets will prefer to hear this, than a loving and positive message of brighter tomorrows. Interesting, don't you think? Merry Christmas!

Ann Carr from SW England on December 18, 2020:

I love these verses. You've captured the feelings so well, how it's so easy to feel down and we don't know what's happening. Then some hope at the end. One of your best I think.

Happy Christmas to you and I trust that 2021 will be kind to you and yours!


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

Lovely Chris. Write to me. Tell me about life in the Phillipines. How about my favourite beaches of Boracay, Cebo and Penang? How's Samner island doing? Is manila busy? Are the Jeepni's surviving? Yes, hope is eternal! La Paz and Feliz Navidad!! ceeccil@hotmail.com

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on December 18, 2020:

Thanks for the awesome debate you shared with us Hope Awareness could be the best theme of December.

Lots of love from the Ph! And I hope everyone will have peace of mind along the way

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

Yes, Mary.

I'm also meeting a lot of nice people who are willing to chat. Very kind of you. Many are displaced and many homes would have been taken if governments were not talking to landlords. It is a difficult time! We can also pray though. Nothing happens without the Divine Will. Thank you so much! Best wishes!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 18, 2020:

Yes, we definitely must hope. Yesterday, I stopped to give some money to a homeless guy, and I noticed he's quite young, so I asked him what happened and he said he lost his home. He has his suitcase beside him. I wish him al the best.

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

Thanks Gypsy.

Hope is awesome! Yet it does look that Christmas will be bleak for many. Don't mean to convey bad news. London is suffering too. Thanks for the comment. Appreciations!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on December 17, 2020:

Just wonderful and thank you for the message of hope. I always keep hoping and praying and I hope you have the best holidays and 2021 will shine brighter,l

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

Yes, Hope is an incredible Light! Be brave! be cheerful! Love and serve and never be tired of serving!! Much gratitude ... much!

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

Manatita, this is so touchingly beautiful, tinged with the sadness and weariness that all of us are feeling. But as you illustrated, there still is beauty, there still is love, and with that we still have hope. Thank you.

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

Yes. Here too, of course, but America has tremendous problems. You have my love and I'm sure the Higher Power has got America covered. Generally, before a new era starts, Hearts must change. It is needed everywhere, but Covid-19 has shown that you guys need it badly. God is in charge and Love is wise. Be brave; be cheerful!

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

Manatita, your words touched me, so many of us have the same feelings and hope for a better tomorrow. I did get to go to the beauty shop and got a haircut. I passed a clothing store that had a rack of coats hanging on it, a note said. " Need a coat? Take one. I am going to go through our clothing and take to a place that has opened up to give out free clothing. So many are hurting. Blessings my poet friend.

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

Thanks Bill. Appreciations

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

Brilliant as always, my friend. Hope and love . . . I'll hang my hat on those two beacons and move forward. I may not be able to affect multitudes of lives, but even a few is a good thing, yes?

Merry Christmas, my friend, and much love.

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

Thank you Peggy. It's time I become myself though, so more loving tones from now on. See if you have got a card from me. As long as I have your address, you should.

My appreciations for your support. As regards what we are saying, much of the challenges lie with humans. Government can only do so much. In America, some are so fixed about the 1st Amendment! Sri Ramakrishna, was one of the purest and most sacred souls I know. There's a Chapter in one of his books called 'Dangers of misunderstood philosophy.', and we humans suffer from this a lot. Of course, like the baby, we are still growing. Much love, Peggy

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

In the U.S., we are losing someone every 20-some seconds to this virus! As you wrote, the warnings of hands, masks, and distance have become a cliche. Some people listen, and others still do not. The news is dire, and yet, with the vaccines, there is hope for a better tomorrow. We all need to hang in there a little longer and take the vaccines when they become available. Better tomorrows are now within sight!

I love your title and the nod to our Bill Holland. His words inform and inspire us, as do yours. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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

Much love to you, Chitrangada Ji.

Only loving ones after this. Appreciate you coming and best wishes to you. Are you busy? How's things in India where you are? Drop me a line: ceeccil@hotmail.com.

You have been a kind and loving friend-hubber. May your long history (India's) of great Incarnations, fill your Heart and soul with the love of Brahman and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit (Grace) Hari Om Tat Sat!!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 17, 2020:

Nicely expressed poem, which speaks about the tough times, which everyone is facing all around the World. It’s almost a year, and there are so many who have suffered unbearable losses. This doesn’t seem to end, and it’s almost a year.

To have faith and Hope, and hold onto it, is the only thing that we can do.

Festivals have been different this year, but there is always hope, that next year will be good for everyone.

Wish you all the best and thanks for sharing.

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

Assalamu Alaikum!

May your coming days be fruitful and continue to be filled with inner opulence. Jazak Allahu Khairan. Sukhran!

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

Thanks Linda C

I will start writing love again from today or tomorrow. More sublimity and beauty. Thank you so much!! - Lantern

P.S God's Grace, I'm nearly always in a state of beauty. I just try to express the experiences of the soul or, if you like, the human condition. Merry Christmas!!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 16, 2020:

This is a difficult time. This year's Christmas will probably be an unusual one. I'm hopeful about the vaccines that are becoming available, but it's sad that they've come too late for some people.

Best wishes to you, Manatita. I hope you experience some joy this Christmas, despite the difficulties.

Rosina S Khan on December 16, 2020:

Lovely poem, Manatita. You portray the crisis of the pandemic season well with the hope and promises of a beautiful Christmas and beyond. It is definitely good to have hope in our hearts as move on. Thank you for sharing, Manatita.

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

Brave soul, you are, Pamela. Qualities of a warrior. Love is not meek and you seem dauntless. Join our Team! Lol. Gratitude


Thanks a lot! I agree. Everything is of the Lord and subjected to the laws of an ever-evolving Consciousness. Praise be! Thank you so much!!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 16, 2020:

I really like what Sri Chinmoy says about hope. I think good times and bad times come and go, and I want to trust God. That seems to be the path of a peaceful life, and I believe that is the path I want to take. It is a path of love and trust, I think. Thank you for this thought-provoking artile, Manatita. God bless.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on December 16, 2020:

We need to live in hope that this terrible virus can be beaten. I know it will in time. History proves that these pandemics can be overcome. This was a wonderful poem and described the situation perfectly. Have a joy-filled Christmas, bro, despite the situation in your area.

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