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I Pay Homage, at the Feet of the Beloved One. In Memoriam to a Fellow Poet--John Jazzman Clarke


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


A Free Verse Sonnet

They will say that I died today …

At best … that I was a noble Spirit.

A few more sermons … and my Casket

Will be lowered, some shedding a river of copious tears.

Yet the fawns will rejoice; the hydrangeas glimmer,

With the sun. The pink magnolias will blossom;

Pay a standing ovation to my words and music;

The sweet intimacy of daffodils, will kiss and nourish my soul.

O Love! You’ve prepared a golden harvest, for my arrival.

On the Elysian lap of sleep, I travel,

Into the mansions of supernal Light.

The diamond wings of Eternity beckons,

As I’m draped in the banner of Your victory,

Paying homage, at the feet of the Beloved One.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier

~Awakening The Inner Light~


Love: The Game of Hide And Seek. A Free Verse Sonnet

Clinging in quest of the Beloved, my pains and gains,

Successes and failures, were but imposters

Along the way. My Joys and sorrows,

Served only to tug, at the Happiness to come.

“O Love, You have placed Your veil,

On my grey mist of shadows.

Made Yourself absent; quickening my longing

To escape, from this dark night of the soul.”

“O Lantern, I am your darkness and your Light;

Walk with you, in your maze of sorrows.

I am naught but your quest for the unknowable;

Lie in your desires, to find your way Home.”

I said: “O Lover,“You play a game of Hide and Seek.”

She replied: “I want your home-coming, to be an unrivalled sweetness.”

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 12th August, 2018.


Wisdom from the Master

"The human in us, wants to have a mind of power.

The Divine in us, wishes to have a Heart of Love." -Sri Chinmoy

"The spiritual life is not a matter of understanding.

It is a matter of self-offering to God." -Sri Chinmoy

A Captivating Heart

© 2018 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on August 19, 2018:

My gratitude, brother Mark. Thank you so much!

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on August 18, 2018:

What a great image the ‘maze of sorrows’ conjures up. Well done.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 16, 2018:

Thanks Rajan. Here in NY. Thank you so much and especially for your appreciation of Sri Chinmoy,s writings.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 16, 2018:

Lovely tribute to a fellow poet, who I believe, had a heart full of love. The two pieces of wisdom from the Master ring so true.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 15, 2018:

Thanks Mary. Appreciated

Yes, Peggy

You got it so right! God bless your continued wisdom .

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 15, 2018:

Your words always touch the depth in my being. I wish I can just meditate after reading them but summer with everyone home, that is for the moment not possible but Fall will give me more time to enjoy your poems.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 15, 2018:

What a beautiful tribute to this poet. His words, as well as yours, will live on throughout time. The blending of life and death and eternity is beautiful to contemplate.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 15, 2018:

Yes, Linda C,

A simple loving poet and musician, he was. Thank you so much!!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 14, 2018:

This is a lovely tribute, Manatita. I love the joy and hope in the poems. I wish I had known about John Jazzman Clarke while he was alive.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 14, 2018:

Not too long, because you would leave this body. Unless you are a yogini, of course, like Trailanga Swami. Would be good to see you back.

Sean, glad you like it. Life and celestial beauty is important to me. Thank you so much!

Thanks Linda.

He was also loved for his jazz music and carried his guitar to performances. Gratitude.

Rinita Sen on August 14, 2018:

I'll post one soon. It has been a few weeks. Was pausing and taking a long, deep breath I guess.. *laughs*

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on August 14, 2018:

That's the way we have to bid someone farewell, celebrating Life which is the dear partner of Death in this Cosmic Dance, in this eternal game of Hide and Seek.

Thank you, my Brother, for the Light!


Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on August 14, 2018:

I have read several loving tributes to this man; what a beautiful soul he must have been. He will live on in his words.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 14, 2018:

Ah Rinita.

Are you still writing? Busy, I suppose. I'll have another look later. Thank you so much!!

Rinita Sen on August 14, 2018:

Your language and weaving of words inspire as usual. A poet's loss is inconsolable, both as a human and as a voice for the written word, and what better way to pay a homage, than a beautifully painful sonnet. I feel it, manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 14, 2018:

Indeed, Bill. Indeed! Appreciated!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2018:

We need more poets in this world, not fewer. I feel this loss, as we all should.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 14, 2018:

Well, Hello there.

How are you, my dear.

Good to see your smiling face. Thank you for your sweet sentiment. You know me, I do not celebrate anything else but Life … Love … the Mother! Ha ha. Thank you so so much!

Shannon Henry from Texas on August 14, 2018:

his is such a beautiful memorial piece, Manatita. A celebration of life and eternity rather than a mourning of loss.

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