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I am a Refugee También


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



I was born a Hutchinson, to Alexander blood.

My grandparent’s came from Patterson’s and Mc Farlane’s.

I am brown-skinned with Euro-negroid features;

A part of me is of Scottish ancestry.

History tells me, perhaps, that Grenada is not my land,

That the Caribs and Arawak’s were inhabitants long before

My ancestors, both white and black, English and French,

Traversed a Middle Passage some 550 years ago,

In which some 20 million died, to satiate the invaders greed.

African slaves


Yet I do not encourage hatred or resentment.

This world evolves, without which,

I could not grow, have no identity.

After all, the Red Indians traversed the North American continent,

Long before the Europeans came;

The Incas and Aztecs in Peru, long before the Spaniards.

The first flow of Anglo-Saxons came in the 5th Century,

Dwelling in a land inhabited 800,000 years before.

We are all the refugees of fate, it dances on our foreheads.

Current life, like the old, will inevitably bring yin and yang,

Like a swinging Pendulum, down, with the Ignorance,

Up, with progress; balanced, by the Light of Love.

Perhaps Mother Sun can free us from our greed,

Encouraging a recognition that all life is sacred,

That we are one interconnected flame of Truth.

I am a refugee tambien. Shangti chufu ni


30th September, 2017. Manatita, The Lantern Carrier.



A prayer of acceptance and hope

" O Lord, into the depths of the abyss You came and shared my sorrow." - Manatita

A Glimpse of the Middle Passage

The plight of refugees

© 2017 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on December 06, 2017:

So nice of You, my friend. So charming! You understand my poetry. Gratitude.

C W Kage on December 05, 2017:

This was such a powerful and moving poem.

"Like a swinging pendulum, down, with the Ignorance, Up, with progress; balanced, by the Light of Love"

That line is going to stay with me for a while.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 05, 2017:


You are my real sister, so be nice and also compassionate to me. Think off me like a seven year.


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 05, 2017:

What's the possibility that my ancestors and yours were in that boat together? We had better be kind to each other--all of us!

manatita44 (author) from london on December 04, 2017:

Ha ha, Madan.

I like the way you describe it. Cool!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on December 04, 2017:

Very, very thoughtful poem that ignites the brain

manatita44 (author) from london on December 04, 2017:

Indeed Gypsy.

You are so right!Thank you so much!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on December 04, 2017:

A very well expressed poetic history journey. Refugees always have it the hardest.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 04, 2017:


Chitrangada. Thank you so much!!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 04, 2017:

Some hard truths of thisWorld, well expressed in your poem!

‘Refugees of fate’ is such a powerful expression.

Thanks for sharing this excellent poem!

manatita44 (author) from london on December 03, 2017:

Thank You, Alicia.


Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 02, 2017:

You've shared some important ideas in this article, including the fact that we are all refugees of fate. Thank you!

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on December 02, 2017:

Yes, Yoga uses the heart with intuition and it reveals the truth but got explain how one arrived at that truth require evidence and substance to do.

Example is. I have long wanted to know the definition of and where "Jesus" came from. It's a name in Spanish but they give no definition but say "it is the Lord and Savior". Recently I saw “Yo Soy… Je Suis" with "I Am … Because You Are" as the definition, thought "Je Suis" translates to "Because You Are" and posted it on one of my hubs then thought, let me check that out on Google Translate. It indicated French meaning "I Am" so I called a French friend who confirmed its definition and is French. So, meditation brings answers but research reveals how to arrive act it, they work together but people want to know how you arrived at the conclusion which require thought.

No disagreement, just pointing out why I always want to use intellect even after meditation. (Smiling)


manatita44 (author) from london on December 02, 2017:

Oh? Thank You.

I know they use it. I believe here in the UK, they try to suggest a kind of reasoning, wisdom, enlightenment ... a deeper look at things. It is still effectively using the mind and as such not the way of Yoga.The Yogi works with intuition and uses the Heart, like the child, only deeper.

We live with the Romans as if we are in Rome; yet do the things of the inner world as though we are going there tomorrow.

Actually, I did understand and enjoy your last input. You're getting simpler. (Chuckle) Much Love this weekend, my Brother.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on December 02, 2017:

Understanding is going from top completely around inside and out, finishing on the bottom, "overstand" is its opposite.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 02, 2017:

Thanks Bill.

Great line -even if I say so myself. I used it to Elijah about 2 secs before seeing your post and I also repeated it to Nikki some time ago.

Good to see you, Bro. Much Love to you and Bev.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 02, 2017:

I like your first two lines, Mr Mutt. Ha ha. Of course the refugee thing was big one here for a while and other parts of Europe, notably Germany.

Yes, I like your last two lines. Rastafarians speak of 'overstand it.' Yes, I repeat that we are all the refugees of fate. God is playing His divine Lila and He approves, sanctions or tolerates all. Have a great Saturday

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 02, 2017:

"We are all the refugees of fate" man, I love that line. That is a classic, my friend, and so, so true. Great job!

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on December 02, 2017:

I am supposed to be the mixture of "New Landers" [Native Americans], Africans, Asians and Europeans so I call myself "a mutt".

My understanding of Karma suggests there is ethnic karma, gender karma, national karma and individual karma and that the recompense will be awarded exactly the same as imposed with the feelers of both the giving and receiving emotions will be felt by both exactly the way the other felt it. It is possible because everything which happens repeats itself exactly the same cycle after cycle so the life-forces will be or have been in the other's body, nation, gender and/or ethnic to reap each type of karma received or imposed.

I have accepted earth as a school instructing each life-force in every conceivable emotional state of all of life types on earth, which will not be understandable until it is one's last incarnation on earth and happens during the termination of each half cycle. Thus, I have been the bodies I raped and the ones raping them, the bodies killed and killing them and the same for ethnics and nations which make me have compassion for everyone going through it while realizing they will eventually understand their purposes.

That means, then, everything is preordained to happen exactly the same way to provide man [minds able to comprehend all things] the complete understanding of earth and give them, upon graduation, the ability to exceed earth and everything hereon as "dominion" is defined. Thus, there is no solving it, there will only be comprehending it.


manatita44 (author) from london on December 02, 2017:

Thank you, Michael.

You understand. Much appreciated.

Thanks again Nikki.

Very wise, Eric. I do not usually write these except for public performances. But the crowd loved it there, so I put it here. Not my style but yet it fits into the philosophy of 'awakening' illumining, inspiring, enlightening, reaching the Heart ... which is essentially how I generally try to serve.

Yes, your situation is unique, I know. I'm very proud of you.

Linda, my Dear.

Another wise response and you have made clear what I'm saying but didn't say: Ultimately, all is approved, sanctioned or tolerated by the Divine. Love ya!

Nikki Khan from London on December 02, 2017:

Hahahahaha,,W Salam..True,we are all refugees of fate,it dances on our foreheads.great line.

Michael-Milec on December 01, 2017:

Perfectly demonstrated.

History echoes truth up to our days,

as you're pointing to ignorance deeds

those greedy do mediate cruelty instead of love

impressing power to rule, dictate and control.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 01, 2017:

This is wonderful K. Hutchison. I love stories of mixed race peoples like my son. It is just such a gift to belong not only once but twice. It is so powerful with my wife's family and my own of origin after my adoption. A binding love for a child can mend old fences.

I am convinced that we need to resolve the refugee crisis by establishing and enforcing and financial commitment to safe zones. It would cost so much less in life and monies.

And like you point out -- refugee from what -- our own sins may cast us into such a positition.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on December 01, 2017:

This message is so beautiful and unifying. We all came from one man and one woman. Some of us migrated of our own accord, and others were wrested from their homes to be taken to a new home. It was brutal but ultimately all a part of the master plan.

Yes, we are all refugees but we are all part of the One.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 01, 2017:

Thanks Nikki.

I understand the emotions. Still, the Heart asks for wisdom-responses in this sometimes troubled plane of the Divine. It is o.k to search for an identity and then we move on. As the poem says:

"We are all the refugees of fate, it dances on our foreheads."

You have such a cute an innocent face! I'm sure that you are a lovely mom. It is really great to get your support. The poem ends with Chinese and it is really repeating your last sentence. A very warm embrace, my Nikki Ji. Salaam!

Nikki Khan from London on December 01, 2017:

Wow,,Another master piece,,Very heart touching article.Everyone is a refugee in a sense,but I feel so sorry for black slaves, they been brutally tortured,beaten,forcefully kept in slavery for many 100 years.

Such a tragedy of mankind where power is everything wether it’s history or present time.

Really sad picture of black slaves..

May God bless us all.

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