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Memorial Day: Reflections of an American Soldier. Tuesday's Inspiration 19


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


My brother was in the American Army for many years, then worked for the American Government in surveillance. My Father was an American Citizen and worked on Wall Street. I also held a Green Card and lived there for a short while. - Manatita


Reflections of An American Soldier

I hope that one day, I can remove my mask;

Show you the real me. Not the many scars I

Carry from numerous wars, some of which were

Questionable, but the joys of a soul longing to live

Peacefully side by side, with his fellow kindred spirits.

I hope that one day, you’ll know how proud I am of the

Colours of red, white and blue, flying in a landscape of

Beauty, surrounded by a pageantry of breathtaking sunsets,

A precursor to the awakening of another radiant sunrise.

I hope that one day, I can share not only the immaculate

Pageantry of the military parades; of memories, but the

Wounds inflicted on both sides, with some paying a heavy

Price, either for being in the wrong place, or in having

A different colour, assets or viewpoints from my own.

I hope I’ll always remember the sacrifice, of the indigenous people:

The native Americans, the Caribs and Arawak’s; the Aborigines,

The richness of the Incas and Aztecs; the Maoris, who all contributed

To my enhanced life-style. My African ancestry and my American

Founding Fathers, who carved scrolls of Equality, Justice and Liberty for ALL.

I hope that one day, I can sing 'from sea to shining sea’, and

'Out of many, one people’, in a much larger sense, of course,

For this is what we are ... ALL sparks of the eternal, doing our

Bit as best we can, carving our own Path on this wayfaring stream

Of life's currents, reminiscent of the awakening, of dawn’s early sunrise.

The Founding Fathers


Yet we must celebrate; come together to give thanks

And praise for diversity; for courage, fortitude and

Endurance; for the Spirit of resilience, of sacrifice for a

More harmonious union... to see a larger vision of a global

Humanity; of Love, even as we remember the cost of sacrifices

In war, some of which still remain debatable.

Yet we can only use the tools before us; build

As best we can to celebrate when the time comes,

Just as it is good to have heroes -- a Washington, Jefferson,

Maya Angelou or Harriet Tubman... indeed our forefathers

Themselves --pioneers who carved the Path before us,

With the seeds of exemplary ideals of unbounded Love.

Don't sweat. Our eternal Mother is merciful and Her

Compassion rains upon us, even in the invisible. On this

Memorial Day, as we commemorate all military personnel

Who died in struggle, let us also look forward to the vision

Of tomorrow's glorious dawn ... of Love and the coming

Of a Oneness-Kingdom here on earth, as there is in Paradise.

May the blue Light of infinity bless us; may the red strands

Of the immortal, grant us Peace. – Manatita, 1st June, 2021

Quotes from the Master

"Victory means temporary peace,

But Peace is eternity's victory." - Sri Chinmoy

"It is only through inner peace,

That we can have true outer freedom." - Sri Chinmoy

"Peace does not mean the absence of war,

Peace means the presence of Love, harmony

Satisfaction and oneness.

Peace means a flood of Love in the world family. " - Sri Chinmoy

Contributions of the indigenous people

© 2021 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on July 05, 2021:

Than you Mary.


Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 05, 2021:

Beautiful. Good to appreciate the contributions of many people to building our country.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 02, 2021:

I have to say that the way you see things as an American is quite refreshing and gives me hope. Much Love.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 02, 2021:

Thank you for this, Manatita. Beautiful words!

I was unaware of your American roots. That explains your love for and faith in this country no matter how unraveled it becomes.

This actually just showed up in my feed today. I read the article two days ago but couldn't find it in my feed when my comment was fresh on my mind.

Anyway, thanks again for remembering our veterans and reminding folks that Native Americans are the first Americans. We have hundreds of years of mistreating them to reverse.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 30, 2021:

Hi Linda C, hello! So great to see you and to know you're well. Indeed! Thank you so much!!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 30, 2021:

You've created some lovely poems and tributes, Manatita. As always, the quotations are interesting, too. I like the fact that you've mentioned people who were important in America's history.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 30, 2021:

Thank you so much, my friend. Blessings

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 30, 2021:

manatita44 This is a beautiful tribute to the people. Indigenous people are courageous and strong at heart. Your poem has a wonderful meaning to that purpose.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 29, 2021:

Then that's great, my friend! Thank you, Sankhajit. Ameen!

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on June 29, 2021:

your poem has touched my sentiment...

manatita44 (author) from london on June 29, 2021:

Aww, mi Habibi. Muy ducle ..muy! Es muy amable!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 29, 2021:

Thank you so much, Emge. Truly appreciate this!! Jai Sri Krishna! Jai Ram!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on June 29, 2021:

In this poem you have bared your heart. Lovely sentiments that one can cherish. Thank you.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 29, 2021:

Without any shadow of a doubt, bro. You are spreading Love. Stay blessed!


manatita44 (author) from london on June 29, 2021:

Thanks Rosina.

It is our nature to look up to sacrifice and courage, so no fear there. Each soul is daunting in its own way and has tremendous potential. More so collectively. Higher blessings

manatita44 (author) from london on June 29, 2021:

Hari Bol, my Sweet. I'm teaching you new ideas. Ha-ha. Much gratitude!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 29, 2021:

Kudos to your husband. I once stayed with a military man in Virginia. Wars make us more reflective. Now I understand your husband more. Much Love, Linda L.

P.S What happened to Pfher? The writer.

Rosina S Khan on June 29, 2021:

I think the contributions of the indigenous people were significant. I am pleased they are part of your poem. Of course, we shouldn't forget the national service of American soldiers in WWII and your poem is a beautiful tribute to them. I loved Sri Chinmoy's quotes as always. Thank you for this splendid contribution, Manatita.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 29, 2021:

Indeed, a beautiful tribute. I loved the poem. I always admire the power of unity, the power of oneness, the power of brotherhood. Thanks for sharing this brother.

I love this quote of your master Sri Chinmoy

"Peace does not mean the absence of war,

Peace means the presence of Love, harmony

Satisfaction and oneness.

Peace means a flood of Love in the world family. " - Sri Chinmoy

Thank you for spreading Love, unity, brotherhood and the sense of Oneness. Salute to your selfless service. Stay safe and happy.

Many Blessings and Peace :)

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 29, 2021:

Manatita, thank you for this loving tribute to our military (my husband, for one), and for recognition of the contribution of the indigenous people. We are all brothers and sisters and our Heavenly Father wants us live together in harmony.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 29, 2021:

Indeed, Marlene, indeed! My Spirit is for collaboration, for togetherness ... for Love. Bless you Marlene.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 29, 2021:

This is a beautiful tribute. And, the accompanying visuals contribute greatly, especially because you included the ones who originally found this place.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 29, 2021:

Thank you Dee. Wise comments. I'm appealing to the Heart of humanity. I used either the same or similar photos in A Glimpse of Sri Chinmoy's Vision of America Part 1 and 2, and more recently in another. Probably Independence Day, not sure.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 29, 2021:

Never before seen that Founding Fathers portrait. Straight from the heart of justice and from the spirit of unity. You speak for many in this poem of desire for strength and togetherness. Well done!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 29, 2021:

Aww, Bill.

Thank you, thank you!

So pleased that you have read and appreciated this work. More Love to you and family! Peace.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 29, 2021:

Beautiful my friend. I am glad you included the Indigenous People in this moving tribute. Your heart and love shine through in this moving work, brother! Blessings to you always!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 29, 2021:

Thank you Pamela.

Remembering the national service of your family too. Much Peace!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 29, 2021:

This is a wonderful poem, Manatita. I have compassion for the indigenous people. I believe they have contributed to this country in many ways. The code talkers in WWII made a huge difference.

I really like the Sri Chinmoy quotes are so true. I enjoyed reading the poem and we need to honor those that served. My husband and one of my sons served. Thank you for sharing.

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