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

Updated on April 23, 2020
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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

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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    24 months ago from london

    My gratitude, brother Mark. Thank you so much!

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    Mark Tulin 

    24 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

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

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    24 months ago from london

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

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    24 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

    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.

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    24 months ago from london

    Thanks Mary. Appreciated

    Yes, Peggy

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

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    Mary Norton 

    24 months ago from Ontario, Canada

    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.

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    Peggy Woods 

    24 months ago from Houston, Texas

    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.

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    24 months ago from london

    Yes, Linda C,

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

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    Linda Crampton 

    24 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

    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.

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    24 months ago from london

    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.

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    Rinita Sen 

    24 months ago

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

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    Ioannis Arvanitis 

    24 months ago from Greece, Almyros

    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!


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    Linda Lum 

    24 months ago from Washington State, USA

    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 profile imageAUTHOR


    24 months ago from london

    Ah Rinita.

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

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    Rinita Sen 

    24 months ago

    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.

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    24 months ago from london

    Indeed, Bill. Indeed! Appreciated!

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    Bill Holland 

    24 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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    24 months ago from london

    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!

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    Shannon Henry 

    24 months ago from Texas

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


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