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My Palms are Dim Candles, Entreating to the Light. Tuesday's Inspiration 16


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

Wise sayings

"Just like the rainbow after the rain,

A good thing will happen,

After you've experienced pain." www.idlehearts.com


My Palms Are Dim Candles, Entreating to the Light.

It is seasonal spring; yet anxieties bang

Inside my head, like beating drums. Shadows

Crash through my loneliness like waves; a

Tornado of fear now suffocates my breath.

My nemesis opened, a village Pandora’s box,

Encircling the world swiftly with cyclone speed.

Now my mind is crazed by entangled thoughts,

Caught in a jungle of turmoil and despair.

Just yesterday, I danced to the fragrance of

Lavenders; painted roses on the cheeks of Love. Yet

Today’s uncertainty whispers of the Beyond. The dark

Ghouls in my abode, paint red blotches on my dread;

Insecurity stabs my tomorrows, like a merciless blade.

Christmas comes and goes and a new year begins,

Yet the pearl I’ve been seeking, still evades me.

My Heart seeks a haven, to unload its sorrows;

My palms are dim candles, entreating to the Light.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 10th January, 2021


In Desperate Need of Supernal Love

I wish to transform this searing pain,

But still gravitate to darkness.

I take pleasure in what should be

Sweet, yet I burn in emotive cravings.

I undress against my better judgement;

Lie at the feet of ‘night’ in my nakedness.

Alas! That which constantly bring shadows,

Has an aversion to carousels of Light.

I walk on thorns, even while clutching at

Roses; loneliness is the driver of my passions.

I’m a lover stumbling and falling, rising again in a

Game of victory and defeat; of constant gain and loss.

I seem to be, at the mercy of Cause and Effect, spinning

On a wheel of desires; in desperate need of supernal Love.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 31st January, 2021.


"We must endure adversity bravely and cheerfully." - Sri Chinmoy


© 2021 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on February 03, 2021:

Thanks ji.

It is entreating the Light, not sheilding it. On the devotional Path, we express longing/yearning, like the Paramour missing his/her lover. Aspiration - the inner cry, is a burning intensity for Light, more Light, and it reaches out or ascends to the Light, as in supplication or folded hands. Thank you, my Didi ji. Appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 03, 2021:

Beautiful and thoughtful poem, as always Manatita.

I can visualise the palms shielding the light, from both sides, even if it’s dim. Those who have faith, will be protected (by the Almighty).

Thank you for sharing another wonderful poem, with deep thoughts.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 03, 2021:

Indeed! You grasp this title well. Charming! Thank you, Nithya

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 03, 2021:

Great poems with deep feelings and thoughts. When palms join together in a prayer we will find love and a safe haven to dwell.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 03, 2021:


The present is good for me. I have sat at the feet of a God Man for 38 years. So much beauty in this! Could be even better, of course. But I can see the Light. Thank you Linda C.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 03, 2021:

Indeed. Light, my illumining Light! Come! Thank you Brenda.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 03, 2021:


This is one of the wisest and sweetest comments that I've had for my poetry. Thank you so much.

Rosina S Khan on February 02, 2021:

I am glad your poems allow us to ponder and help us in the quest of greater meaning of life. Thanks for sharing, Manatita.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 02, 2021:


You are right that after the rain a rainbow appears.

There is always both dark and light.

I wish to live in the light too.

It is an amazing feeling that we are hoping to find.

Take care.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 02, 2021:

Your poetry is moving, Manatita. I hope the future is good for you.

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

Haha, Peggy. You noticed? All my lines are carefully crafted. After all, we need hope! Thank you so much!! - Lantern Carrier

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 02, 2021:

While candles may be dim, they still emit light. In our world still ravaged by a pandemic, there is hope for better days ahead. Stay strong, and stay safe!

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

Devika, unique indeed!

Yes, yes. I'm very well, my Didi ji. God has given me Glaucoma and High Blood Pressure, which have been both stable for some time now. In His kindness, He has also given me vision and an almost indomitable faith, as well as a beautiful spiritual Heart (Not talking about emotions or physical organs). Thank you so much!!

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

Pamela, you can write to me.

You have touched on some of your issues and as I'm highly intuitive, I pick things up quite quickly. You're not doing too badly, my sweet Angel. This is what Rumi would say. Once you have started the aspiration-journey, the rest is in God's hands.

You have my empathy. Sri Ramakrishna was such a pure man, and yet he died of Cancer. He use to laugh and joke about his illness. "Once you have a body," he said. "You have to pay the price."

I'm proud of you, though. Many of my friends are stubborn and you know what? I can be a bit 'pushy' too. Haha. The secret of life is not to stay down when you fall, but to pick yourself up and keep going ... joyfully. That is the key, like that of a smiling child.

I feel humbled by your honesty and beauty. Thank you! God bless us both. ceeccil@hotmail.com

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 02, 2021:

manatita44 Thoughtful and so much you have to say. from this unique title. Hope all is well with you

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 02, 2021:

I think we learn from suffering, but particularly when we make mistakes as we truly do not want to repeat them. I was touched by your poems, particularly the first one. I think we all want a haven to unload our sorrows.

This is a very good article, Manatita. These times our tough due to the pandemic, but even without the pandemic those feelings may occur. I find every day life to be more difficult due to my health problems. I cannot do what I once did, and since I am a stubborn women it bothers me at times. At the same time, I am at peace with the Lord. I find prayer and meditation to be so soothing. I usually don't share this much, but I think your poetry really touched me. Thank you for sharing. it. Blessings to you, Manatita.

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

Yes, Ann.

Sometimes I look at the world. I'm not doing anything else but seeing it through the eyes of the world. However, I generally prefer to express 'longing' or 'intimacy' with Something Higher. It is very real to me but usually in a richer language, I know. Thank you so much!

Indeed Linda, indeed!!

So many are arriving at this conclusion now. It is a real victory for the Divine! Beautiful!

Yes, yes, Dee.

Someone described Spirituality as a dark road. It is not a dark road, but a long road, which is richly rewarding. Hope you are well. Much Love.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 02, 2021:

Light and love may evade us and leave us unsatisfied, but you encourage us to continue the search. There are many blessings within the search itself. Thanks for your guidance.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on February 02, 2021:

Manatita, I believe that suffering points us to God, so that we rely on Him and not ourselves. "Cast all your cares on Him."

Ann Carr from SW England on February 02, 2021:

This just about sums up what the current circumstances are doing to many people. It's difficult to avoid the stress and the darkness but we can rise above - good things come from bad, I believe.

Lovely poetry - dramatic and powerful - even more than usual I think.


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

Chuckle ...chuckle, Bill

You make me laugh, but you show a great understanding of my poem. Peace, Bro.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 02, 2021:

"I seem to be, at the mercy of Cause and Effect, spinning

On a wheel of desires; in desperate need of supernal Love."

That is some serious stuff there, my friend. Spinning on a wheel of desires....that pretty much describes my younger years perfectly. Didn't work out too terribly well for me. Love stepped down hard on the brakes as my personal vehicle was out of control.

Thank the gods!

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