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Poetry: Food for Thought. Monday's Inspiration 69


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

Light in darkness

Light in darkness

The Wisdom of Ignorance. A free-style Sonnet

Wisdom reveals itself in ignorance, unpeeling

Its skin, like the night receding to reveal dawn;

To unveil the grey clouds like the sun does, laying

Bare the perennial glory of heavenly awe.

Wisdom oversees the callousness of man, like karma --

The Light within this darkness. When will it all end? Kindred

Souls lie in the dust of complacency; the dying simply bury the dead.

Making excuses, there’s a dearth of concern and empathy is lacking.

Who knows the ways of the Gardener? With one hand

He hands us thorns and with the other, the fragrance

And sacrifice of roses; the tapestry of grandeur. The divine

Alchemist strikes my heart, seemingly without mercy.

One moment I lie in sweet innocence; the other I fly on the Elysian lap

Of Love, leaving my folks to grieve, beneath this transitory veil of shadows.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 31st May, 2020


The Other Side of the Mountain, May 2020. A free-style Sonnet

Petunias blossom, as scarlet lavenders

Adorn my garden. The breath of the city takes

Respite, from diminishing sounds and toxicity;

The fear of aloneness lingers; many still endure.

The joy of toil echoes across a frontline, made

Much sweeter, by the love of human gratefulness.

Generosity incarnates, like a Robin Hood, flowering

And offering its beauty, to numerous souls.

The din of confusion recedes; only a few

Monkeys jump. Light is awakening Hearts,

Shedding their rays on the human condition,

Unmasking the disparity of struggle.

The alchemy of hope endures to herald promise, while

The voices of avarice and ego, continue to throw darts at rainbows.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 31st May, 2020.


Some things that drives ignorance

© 2020 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on June 03, 2020:

Chuckle. I feel for you. I have gone over to your site but you have not written lately. I have a desktop of about 20 years old. Haha. I do not know about computers as such. I have played lots of tricks on this one, utilizing some logical ideas to keep it going ... so far. Hope that things improve for you.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on June 03, 2020:

Too funny, it's this tiny tablet keyboard I'm using since my computer crashed, lucky when I can post at all.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 03, 2020:

Hi Verlie,

Thank you so much!! You have sent me two messages, but so what? I love that and will keep them for emphasis. Lol.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on June 03, 2020:

Beautiful and inspiring manatita. Thank you.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on June 03, 2020:

Beautiful and inspiring manatita. Thank you.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 03, 2020:

Yes, I agree John. They are all meaningful. A 'poignant read, eh? See today's. Chuckle. Thanks, Bro.

Linda C,

You remain a very discerning soul. Thank you so much!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 02, 2020:

These are thought-provoking poems, Manatita. They are certainly food for thought. Thank you for sharing them. I will read them multiple times.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 02, 2020:

A poignant read in these current times, both poems excellent. I voted for number one in the poll but could have been all the above.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 02, 2020:

Devika, I thank you. I do my best in the circumstances. Gratitude.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 02, 2020:

Your spiritual expressions shared are amazing! I love it! Time to have fun and feel positive.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 01, 2020:

Thanks Mary.

That's not the one I wrote for you. It's much more sublime. Lol. Have a look! Happy Whitsun! I didn't send cards this time. Peace.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 01, 2020:

Wonderful expressions of your very deep spirituality. I am really appreciative of your spiritual poems

manatita44 (author) from london on June 01, 2020:


This Hub reminded me of you. That is our secret. Haha. I know your Heart bleeds, but if the Hub has a potential for lots of reflection, then I do not like offering it to my friends.

But yes, thank you so much! You are very, very honest. But my teacher called himself an eternal optimist and I also hope. Deep down we belong to God, we just need to remember, that is all. A seemingly gigantic task. Happy Whitsun Monday.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 01, 2020:

This was definitely food for thought. The world is in turmoil, love is lacking, will we ever laugh again from sheer joy? I still have hope. Thank you for your insightful poetry.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 01, 2020:

Peggy, you put it so succinct and so well! Guruji spoke constantly about the Heart. With a mature Heart, we can achieve so much! I used a line from my Sunday school days, in one of my poems. Some are like the dead burying the dead. Alive, but the Heart is missing or asleep; the eyes can see, but are blind.

Each man's death diminishes me, for we are all interconnected as one. I rely on the milkman to bring my milk and he relies on his truck to work. The truck needs gas from the petrol station. Again the milk depends on the cow and the cow depends on the farmer who depends on the cow for his livelihood. Do you see how the chain works?

yes, yes, everything has a root cause and the inequality and disparity brought to the fore by Covid -19 is alarming. Yet many societies are equally to blame. We all rush madly to the seeming Light which is in fact darkness, but yes, we now reflect. Some will know now that so called 'free will' can be taken in an instant, but many won't change. Have a great Whitsun Monday!

Thanks Lorna,

A calm, reflective, supportive and empathetic approach is needed. darkness around us does not help anyone. Happy Whitsun Monday and much Love.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 01, 2020:

Mrs L, I had a good chuckle. You above all people losing hope? Lol. I told the story of my neighbour recently. She was so down! We used to talk about prayers, her faith, her constant trip to Lourdes! Now she is so afraid and readily admits it's not so easy.

Linda you have got it right. You remember the old Q and A series? How Christians used to attack one another? Perhaps you don't do Facebook. It's pretty bad there to. When we have an Emerson, Jefferson, Washington and Mandela ... a Gorbachev, we get changes. So we really need visionaries.

However, The Seers say that when there is crime in society, it reflects society. Meaning that we are all responsible, somehow. I wrote a piece somewhere, saying that the microcosm and the macrocosm are one.

I saw a piece on Facebook, with blacks expressing their disgust about the way a man died in the U.S recently. A woman entered the discussion and all she could say was that blacks killed blacks also. Do you feel the coldness in this piece? Too many 'yes, but' answers in this world.

My Sweet, we have to intensify our prayers. It is a bit like those dying from Covid -19. They are not numbers, but humans with children, husbands, mothers and fathers and so forth. Thank you so much for coming, my dear. Let us pray.

Eric, Thank you so much. Yes, take that respite. Lol.

Sha I love you guys. Eric will be jealous of me today as I'm laughing a lot. You guys understand my poems so well when I have a look at the world. Chuckle.

Yes Sha, we are all a little at fault somehow. We try, but the old idea that people are put there to represent our needs, is quite tricky to comprehend these days. Yet I keep saying that they come from us ... from society. Thank you so much, my dear. Happy Whitsun Monday.

Lorna Lamon on June 01, 2020:

Wisdom is sadly lacking in this world at the moment. However, it is often in the aftermath that wisdom begins. Let us hope so. Your poems highlight the need for compassion,understanding and hope. Words of wisdom indeed Manatita.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 01, 2020:

I voted for the second one in your poll, but I agree with Ann that the first one also fits. As you know, the U.S. is in turmoil right now with demonstrations in the streets and rioting. The trigger point was the senseless outright killing of a black man by a policeman. But the underlying systemic history of long-time prejudices and similar incidents happening over time combined with the pandemic and loss of jobs has turned the heat up to a boiling point.

We need good leadership, equal treatment under laws, but also a change in the hearts and souls of people. We all need to breathe!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 01, 2020:

Manatita, both of these poems drive deep into the soul of society and the current situation of the world. What really drives it all home is the last line of the second poem: The alchemy of hope endures to herald promise, while

The voices of avarice and ego, continue to throw darts at rainbows.

I'll be back to read this post again. There's a lot to digest and I don't want to miss any of the messages I may need to hear.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 01, 2020:

Thank you for a wonderful respite.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 01, 2020:

Manatita, at a time when we should all be reaching out to help one another loving and caring for everyone, how can these horrible things be happening in our world? The hatred and distrust, the callousness and dehumanization breaks my heart and, I believe, the heart of the Creator. We need the hope that you speak of. At the moment I am in short supply.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 01, 2020:

Thanks Ann,

Yes, they are two interesting ones. Appreciate the support.

Hi Bill,

Happy Whitsun to you, Bro. Stay well!

See you guys post my coffee and walk. Chuckle.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 01, 2020:

Keep the inspiration coming, my friend. The world needs uplifting posts now more than ever.

love and blessings coming your way

Ann Carr from SW England on June 01, 2020:

I would go for the first two in your poll.

I'm shocked at the actions of some at the moment, regarding lack of care during this time of distancing etc.

Your poems are a timely reminder of the need for wisdom and for hope, a strong element deeply needed now.


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