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Love Is Gracefully Awakening My Glorious Dawn, to My Esteemed Friend Shauna Bowling


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


Love caught my memory, and I became

Immersed in Its grandeur. Now I am

Blooming on the sugarcane of its thrills, filled

With sustenance, from the energy of the sun.

My natural habitat, was one filled with the

Regret of past shadows, now so distant to recall;

My old foibles have faded away like grey clouds,

Revealing the vastness of perennial heavens.

Now the willows whisper to my soul, and

I bathe in the breeze of supernal Freedom.

My core burns with the agony of longing;

My Heart beats with the pulse of celestial drums.


The sweet wine of sanctity, enwraps me in trance,

I’m stuck to the Beloved like mystic glue.

The sound of Her flute, envelops my being,

As nightingales pause, imbibing Her art.

You’re more than a maestro of symphonies, my

Queen; the sweet juice from Thy lips which warms

My Being, can only descend from a pinnacle of flames,

Horned from a firmament of Heaven’s Delight.

O Love, were I the drifting winds, or even a winged

Bird, then I would soar with You, to the edge of

Immortality. Be my Polestar, let me see Your cute

Gleam all night long, stabbing my soul with its lustre.

I am Your firefly, a tiny spark, shimmering in my Beloved’s

Light, awake in the inebriation of Thy sweetness. Why wait

Another thousand years, for the peerless joy of Thy Rhapsody?

O Queen, You have unburdened my life, from this agony of distress.

A Love not offered, does not indicate its absence.

You play a game of hide and seek, while, like an

Empress, You appear to give more time to sunsets,

Even while gracefully awakening, my glorious dawn.

_ Manatiita, The Lantern Carrier. 4th November, 2020


Verse from the lantern Carrier

"My soul wants me to gaze at you, the way I gaze at flowers,

With a sweet thrill and smile upon my Heart, as its wafts or redolence,

Enter the very fabric of my breath." - Lantern Carrier

Wisdom from the Master

"Everybody hates darkness. How many are willing to reveal Light?" - Sri Chinmoy

"God tells me repeatedly, not to take his work away.

His work is to change the world; my work is to love the world." - Sri Chinmoy

Love: needed at every moment

© 2020 manatita44


Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 05, 2020:

Thanks for the grin, Sis!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 05, 2020:

What a lovely tribute to an equally lovely person. Sha is my little sister. (She's the pretty one, the smart one, and was always the favorite.) Thank you for this tribute to her.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 05, 2020:

Good morning, Sha.

I pray things work out well, but Divine Providence is omnipresent. Keep your eye on the heavens!

It is heart-warming to see so many lovely and charming Hubbers here. Remain cheerful. Much Love.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 05, 2020:

Rosina, thank you so much for your comment. I hope I can live up to what you see in me!

Have a wonderful rest of the week and be safe.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 05, 2020:

Hi Brenda and thanks a lot for this very kind sentiment. Stay well and blessed.

Rosina, you're brave! Shauna, to me, is like 'sweet' fire and your assessment is so honest! I've always loved honesty.

Overall you've covered this body of work with a touch of class and finesse. Kudos to you.

Yes, Rinita.

I see your invaluable contributions but couldn't comment. You're always in my Heart. Will visit you very soon. Gratitude.

Thanks Devika.

Did you get my email? Always grateful for your consistent support. Much love.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 05, 2020:

manatita44 You have shared another grateful poem and I so enjoyed reading your kinds words.

Rinita Sen on November 04, 2020:

Finally caught you before this was thrown to letter pile. Hope you are doing well.

Rosina S Khan on November 04, 2020:

This is a great tribute to Shauna, a wonderful fellow writer, who is not only good at writing but perfect at voicing her opinions. I think I like the last verse of the poem the best. Here it is:

A Love not offered, does not indicate its absence.

You play a game of hide and seek, while, like an

Empress, You appear to give more time to sunsets,

Even while gracefully awakening, my glorious dawn.

I loved the flower illustration as well and the wise quotes from Sri Chinmoy too. Thanks for sharing, Manatita

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 04, 2020:


Your words paint a beautiful picture. I am certain Shauna is delighted with this trubute.

I love your verses at the end of this poem also.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 04, 2020:

Pamela, thank you for your very kind comment. You've ended my night on a good note.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 04, 2020:


Thank you. Usually take at least 48 hours ... just about when you will get some good news in America, perhaps. Dios te bendiga Y acompanye. (used the 'y' for the 'tilde.') Suyo affectisimo!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 04, 2020:

Via condidos amigo. Enjoy the Niche site.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 04, 2020:

Thanks Linda, appreciated.


Thanks a lot. Stay well and blessed.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 04, 2020:

You poem is lovely, Manatita. This is another kind tribute to a writer.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 04, 2020:

This article is a lovely tribute to Shauna. Your poem is beautiful, as always. I also love the picture of the beautiful flowers. Shauna is such a sweet and warm woman and this article is perfect for her.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 04, 2020:


My Didi ji,

I have repeated several times that adversity is the candle of the Divine. Shauna has not said that, but it is hidden in her words. Earth is the field of struggle and whatever happens in Divine Providence, is for the growth of the soul, whether it's to Bill, you, me or Shauna.


I hope you smell the sweet verse beneath it also. (Chuckle) Yes, I seem to recall giving you lavender before. Long time ago, perhaps. Peace!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 04, 2020:

Yes, purple is my favorite color. The flowers in the photo are so brilliant and vivid, I can almost smell and feel their soft textures.

And, thanks, Bill. I love you too!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 04, 2020:

Beautifully expressed poem and a lovely tribute to Shauna. You have the mastery of doing this, and once again you did it in a heartfelt way.

I believe that failures teach us lessons of life, they make us stronger.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful poem. Loved the pictures too.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 04, 2020:


Chuckle ... chuckle. You make me laugh. Funny, Bro. Thank you!!

Bill, thank you so much. She does indeed!!


The flowers were deliberate! I thought you loved purple or lavenders, I'm not sure.

Your sweet contribution reads like a Bill in the making, no wonder you both have an affinity. God favoured me from youth in this life, but that does not mean I escaped some thorns.

Struggle varies and some - like the indigenous or enslaved - like the street orphans of war living from day to day on handouts in poverty-stricken countries, really have it hard. Let us pray. Much Love. - Manatita

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 04, 2020:

This is so peaceful and uplifting. Thanks big guy.

"I bathe in the breeze of supernal Freedom." I promise that I will make the time today. I jut mapped out a hike. Yahoo!!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 04, 2020:

Sha is one of my oldest friends on HP, a genuinely good and caring human being. If anyone deserves this beautiful tribute, it is Sha.

Well done, Manatita. Blessings and love to you both.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 04, 2020:

Thank you for this, manatita. The wind, energy from the sun, foibles fading away like gray clouds, all resonate with me. I traveled along my life's path from late teens until today as I read your words. Many will not see it, but I do.

As far as why we fail, I think it's really a combination of all of the choices you offer above. I know in my case, ignorance of the long-term effects of my choices, living in the moment, and greedily giving in to my desires right there, right then, led to many, if not most of my bad choices. But now that I think about it, I never really did fail because I corrected the behaviors, my mindset, and forged ahead, emerging stronger than before. Had I not done so, yes, I would have failed. But I didn't fail. I simply fell. And got back up.

Thanks again for this, my friend. You've touched my heart.

Oh - I love, love, love the flowers!

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