More Light and Beauty. Friday's Inspiration 7, to my Spiritual Sister Kathy Henderson (Stages of Me)

Updated on April 14, 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.


Haiku to inspire Hope


The begging bowl drops

The inner light awakens

All creatures rejoice

Atonement Quickens

“Father, forgive them.”

I felt this loving prayer

Love came with the dawn


The flowers blossomed

Enamoured by their lustre

A soul rejoicing

Beauty’s Light

Flowers dance in Spring

Scented perfumes everywhere.

O my Heart’s fragrance!

Fifty Shades of Daffodils

Placed at Your cute feet

Fifty shades of daffodils

Spring heralds Thy charm


The storm is over

The gardener plies his trade

Such charming roses!

Buddha Burns my Heart

Throw away your zen

Laugh with Basho in the spring

Buddha burns my Heart

Peace Heralds the Dawn

Meow! What melody!

My deep loneliness relieved

Peace heralds the dawn

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 8th January, 2020


The Sacred Gift of Sweetness. A free-style Sonnet

She came suddenly, carrying the sacred gift

Of Sweetness; flooding the core of my Being with

Beauty. I had not expected this rhapsody of

Love, and I was taken aback with amazement.

Beneath the sunset where we encountered, the

Gleaming orb and flowers merged, spreading a

Blanket of splendour across the horizon. The pink

Tulips glistened, as my breath became the breeze.

O Queen! My Queen! In this oasis of supernal splendour,

You came into my soul, like a bouquet of floral tiaras.

Emitting a ring of fire, You light a sacred fragrance;

I die to the external, banqueted by delightful kisses.

I lay calmly, enchanted by Thy allure, as the moon

Cascaded stars across the Heart, to share my joyful moment.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. April 10th, 2020.


The Lantern Poem

Lantern Poem Definition

This is a five-line poem, originating from Japan, written in the shape of a

Japanese lantern. It describes a specific one syllable noun, such as a feeling, a thing, or an abstract idea. The lantern poem takes the form of a hanging lantern, going from short to wider as the poem goes on, and then becoming short again in the final line. The poem is usually centered, each line being longer than the next.

Each line is limited by a specific number of syllables

Line 1- 1 syllables

Line 2- 2 syllables

Line 3- 3 syllables

Line 4- 4 syllables

Line 5- 1 syllables

Calm. A Lantern Poem. It should be centered here. If you know how, then let me know. Thanks.



As the soul

Rests in my Heart’s


Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 10th April, 2020.

If you wish to know about haiku, then read my hub here:


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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    3 months ago from london

    Thank you, my Sweet, Diane.

    You would know of course, that the God-seeker do not look at life like most humans. If he/she has a Master, then it's even better! Nothing can happen to the true seeker, without the Master's consent. Again, the seeker has a Faith in the knowledge of the Beyond. This greatly diminishes fear.

    Now I came off here, in order to write my books. Unfortunately, this is my 3rd attempt and I still have not started! Alas! Lol. Anyway, I was actually thinking of you. Why don't you drop me a line?

    I would love to make discs of my poetry and videos too. Lots of people want me to, but I'm neither good at videos nor technical skills. Sending you lots of hugs, from the Breath of the breath of the redolence of roses. This is the One who projected me into creation. Thank you for the prayers. The feel is reciprocal. Shalom!

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    Diane Denison 

    3 months ago from Cincinnati Ohio

    I hope you're doing well. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    3 months ago from london

    Thank you, Tiyasha.

    Always a joy to hear from you. Haven't written for some 3 weeks or more, but by God's Grace, I'm fine. Higher blessings, my charming didi Ji. Om Shanti!

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    Tiyasha Maitra 

    3 months ago from Gurgaon

    A beautiful set. I specially enjoyed the haikus. The rhythm and the feeling are sublime. Hope you are doing well. Stay safe my friend.

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    3 months ago from london

    Thank you, Nithya,

    I do appreciate your kind contribution and support. Much gratitude.

    Thank you, Diane. Miss you!

    How are things going? drop me a line. By the way, I have taken a temporary break here, as I'm doing other stuff. Om Shanti!


    Very nice comment. Follow your spirituality. Read my article on Yoga for beginners and write to me to ask any questions. Much Love.

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    Diane Denison 

    3 months ago from Cincinnati Ohio

    There is Always a beautiful rhythmic flow to your enchanting poetry.

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    Nithya Venkat 

    3 months ago from Dubai

    Beautifully written, lovely haiku verses and lantern poem. I enjoyed reading, thank you.

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    Manju lata 

    3 months ago from Ambala City

    Sit you write so impressive and in a perfect way that there is no need for asking any question.

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    3 months ago from london

    Then an extra thank you, Devika.

    Although I'm writing, I'm not on Hub Pages now. But you will find many of my poems and prose - close to 800, which will remind you of God's Love. Try 'A Song for my Beloved' and look at the meditational video with the same poem. Much Gratitude.

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    Devika Primić 

    3 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    I am back again to read this beautiful and engaging hub! I feel life gives us everything needed and sometimes wee just don't know what to do with it.

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    3 months ago from london

    Thanks Brenda.

    I'm taking a break from Hub Pages and so sorry I'm late here. Special gratitude, as you seem to be the only one who realized I was asking for help with centering the Lantern poem. I can also do it on Word and cell, just not here.

    I send inspirational things to people on What's App from the writings of Sri Chinmoy or rarely, my poetry. If interested, then send me a What's App number and I'll include you. Much Love.

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    3 months ago from Washington Court House


    I tried to center this for you but it doesnt copy and paste.

    I can go to paragraphs in word and center it just fine.

    I didnt know that when it is pasted the format changes...awe..i learned something new today.

    Your haiku is excellent.

    I so love your poem though.

    Stay safe.

    Have a great day.

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    3 months ago from london

    Gratitude, my Brother.

    happy Easter!

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    Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

    3 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

    As usual for Manatita, it is splendid composition. Sky is the limit in his creations. Excellent.

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    3 months ago from london

    Yes, my Dear Friend Devika.

    We have problems, because we separate worship from life. In fact, it permeates everything!

    I awake with gratitude in my Heart. I say prayers and do meditations, I continue with the needful at home and then I go to work. It is God that I meet in the flowers and animals, in the people on buses and trains ... at work and again on my way home.

    Life and worship are integral things and we need to be awake. This is mindfulness ... the capacity of the Heart to see the Light. Happy Easter!

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    Devika Primić 

    3 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    manatita44 You have shown me your kind words and so gentle in your own words. A way of life if one lets that be.

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    3 months ago from london

    Thank You, Dear Dora.

    Missing the Caribbean now. Need to pay a visit. You are lucky!

    Easter Greetings!

    Thank You, Audrey. Maybe you can try a Lantern Poem sometime. Happy Easter!

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    Dora Weithers 

    3 months ago from The Caribbean

    Your haiku verses are bold and beautiful. You excel in every form of poetry. Thanks for sharing your exceptional gift.

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    Audrey Hunt 

    3 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    Thank you for introducing me to Lantern Poetry. I learn much from you and for that I am grateful. Peace fills my soul when I read your words filled with spirituality.

    Love and gratitude,


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    3 months ago from london

    Thanks Brother Eric.

    Silence is golden indeed!!

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    Eric Dierker 

    3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Really cool dude. I like the different styles of prose and of course I like silence.

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    3 months ago from london

    Thank you, Rajan.

    I will take a rest from Hub Pages and write my books. Thanks for your support.


    Thanks. Appreciate your kind assessment. Stay well.

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    Li-Jen Hew 

    3 months ago

    Hi Manatita, good to see you writing Haiku to inspire hope in different ways. Spring is a nice fit as it reminds us of renewal. Your poem about Silence is suitable for this crisis as it allows us to appreciate the beauty reflected in your poem. The interesting thing about the Lantern poem is it allows us to appreciate Calm, Silence and the other lines you wrote, one at a time. Like mindfulness. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

    Thanks for introducing me to the Lantern poem. It's always calming and peaceful to read your poems. Brightens my day.

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    3 months ago from london

    Yes it's blooming in my yard. I think I see some blue bells. Lovely! Thanks Kathy.

    Thank you, Peggy.

    appreciated. After 5.a.m. Calm and peaceful. I can hear natures silence. Will meditate soon.


    Love and gratitude. Jai Ram!

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    Peggy Woods 

    3 months ago from Houston, Texas

    Thanks for describing the forms of lantern poetry. I have never heard of it, but enjoy learning from you.

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    Kathy Henderson 

    3 months ago from Pa


    Soon Springtime will bloom again. Thank you for the glimpses of its budding through the clouds, shared poetically within your writings. I look forward to the renewal of life all over our world. I look to the day with joy as we wait in prayerful stillness.

    Peace as we remain in His grip

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    Manju lata 

    3 months ago from Ambala City

    This poem shows that you are close to God and nature and enjoy their blessings.Thanks for writing such type of poems for human kind.

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    3 months ago from london

    Yes, Ruby.

    It's a beautiful time. My neighbours sit in their back yard on their cushy chairs and really enjoy themselves. Wife, husband and two children. Charming! I went for a two mile walk as usual. Tired. Ha ha. Getting old.

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    3 months ago from london

    Thanks Donna.

    Lovely to see you, as always and stay safe.

    The style of poem you can learn, but to learn my style of writing is like learning Bill's. Not an easy thing to do. Again, my work is infused with Spirituality and service, which can be quite deliberate, according to what I read and how I wish to serve in response.

    Other than that, I was writing a lot and reading a lot as a child and much have stayed with me. The flow, though, comes from God, as is evidenced in my poetry and stories. Hope this helps.

    Yes, Pamela.

    A poet friend of mines told me just under two years ago. Looks like it's not done much outside of Japan. Suits my name. Ha ha. Thank you.


    Thank you so much! Appreciated!

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    3 months ago from Southern Illinois

    This is filled with sunshine warmth and the gift of your lovely words. I adore this time of year with all the flowering and sweet scents.

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    Lorna Lamon 

    3 months ago

    Such a lovely variety of poetry each one overflowing with light and joy. A beautiful tribute to Kathy.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 months ago from Sunny Florida

    I was not familiar with the Japanese lantern poem. The other poem of love and the entire article really is just beautiful.

    Blessings to you Manatita.

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    Donna Rayne 

    3 months ago from Greenwood, In

    Manatita, I love your poems, you are so creative and with a different style of writing that I would love to learn. I always enjoy reading your work!


    Donna Rayne

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    3 months ago from london

    Thank you, Kathy.

    I'm a creative writer. I tend to feel that all good writers could be poets but the other way around seems better. That is to say, all creative and excellent poets are good writers. I may be wrong. Chuckle.

    Thank you for gracing my Hub with your inspiring presence. Stay safe.

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    Kathy Henderson 

    3 months ago from Pa

    Manatita -

    I am humbled! You are gifted in the imagery of poetry. I am not talented in the art form, although, I try my hand at it on occasion. I feel blessed by the hub community a place to share and lift our world in prayerful hope together. During this unprecedented time may God bless and keep all in His grip.

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    3 months ago from london


    I didn't realize you know her. Thanks Bill.

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    Bill Holland 

    3 months ago from Olympia, WA

    Kathy is a quality human being for sure, as are you, my brother! Peace, blessings, and love to you both always.

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    3 months ago from london

    Rosina, my Dear

    Your complete assessment is noteworthy. Thank you so much!

    Chatra Ram Ji, welcome here.

    Appreciate your comment.


    How are you dear? You seem to have the best of both worlds. The working one and the home leisure one. Good on ya! Awesome! Gratitude.

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    3 months ago from Central Florida

    Manatita, these are beautiful poems, perfect for the joy of Spring.

    Your metaphors are exquisite. I love this line: The pink tulips glistened, as my breath became the breeze.

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    3 months ago from BARMER INDIA

    good poetry

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    Rosina S Khan 

    3 months ago

    The inspirational Haiku poems, the beautiful free-style sonnet and the great Latern Poem make this hub a really special one. Thank you for sharing. A lovely tribute to Kathy Henderson.


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