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Reminiscences With My Beloved, Friday's Inspiration 25, to My Esteemed Habibi, Rosina Khan


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

Thought for the day

"That which is bitter to endure, may be sweet to remember. - Anne Weale

Remembering Rosina, our dear friend and invaluable member of this Community, who appeared at one point to be facing the portals of Jannah ... who Allah chose in Its Mercy; in answer to prayers, to grant her an extended and loving life. Regards to her family and loved ones. - Manatita


Reminiscences with the Beloved

The smooth scarlet sand, kiss the white

Residual splash of crashing waves. The

Blue sky; the bright patchy clouds, stands

Majestically above the hills and foliage,

Glistening on the aqua-marine waters below.

Tonight, I will carry these memories

On the light winds of dew-drops, gently

Cradling Your gorgeous cheeks. I will offer

You my soul; the tenderness of Love, as the

Indigo moon swallows the night with its lustre.

My old shadows have vanished, and the

Luminance of stars will dance with us, amidst

The nebulae of Andromeda. Hearts entangled,

We will gaze at the sunset meadows, look upwards

At the radiance of the stars, twinkling in the distance.

I won’t give You blue-bells anymore, my

Favourite pasatiempo, like dance to the

Ballerina; like a goal to the football fan.

Instead, we will smile, look into each other’s

Eyes as our souls’ blend in fiery passion,

Springing from the great agony of our yearning.

This, is enough. We know what we feel for each other;

See it cemented into the cornerstones of great

Foundations, like fresh water from a well; like strong

Currents flowing, merging ceaselessly into the ocean’s depth.


As a child I loved the heavens! Sitting on his lap

As dad told Anansi stories way into the night. I was

Always a sucker for the pinnacle of beauty! “Daddy,

Daddy!” I used to say. “What is that up there in the sky?”

“La Luna, my son.” He would respond in hermoso Espanyol.

“The moon!” I’d like to go up to the heavens and

Play with it!” My father would smile, console me by

Saying that one day it will come to dine with us; that

We’ll have a fiesta, as estrellas sparkle in the heavens.

And my soul-bird would soar, as I left my mortal frame behind,

Forgetting Brer Anansi; laughing aloud with shooting stars!

Serves me well now, for You, mi dulce Luna, my sweet moon,

Has finally come to me, wrapped up in an effulgent array of

Resplendent grandeur. We adorn our lips, on the enchanting

Spheres of perennial sweetness, waltzing to the harps of Seraphims.

Minstrels gather together as we twirl, on luminous

Carousels of glittering rays, estrellas sparkling; multiplying

Themselves a thousand-fold; whispering symphonies of

flute-like solitude, into the profundity of our Spirit.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 18th June, 2021



Sayings of the Master

"Your wound is the place where the Light enters you." - Rumi

Challenges and Life

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manatita44 (author) from london on June 26, 2021:

Aww. I saw your contribution via my email and I'm looking forward to reading it. Tomorrow, inshallah. Sukhran. Salaam!

Amara from Pakistan on June 26, 2021:

Its good to see you back Manatita, we were missing you.. I hope you would be doing fine.. Best regards dear..

manatita44 (author) from london on June 26, 2021:

Thank you, thank you, my Didi ji. Higher blessings!

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on June 26, 2021:

Nice to see you back, Manatita. I hope you are doing well. This was a beautiful tribute to Rosina. I have missed reading your poetry which is always full of love and peace.

Stay safe and healthy...

manatita44 (author) from london on June 26, 2021:

Thanks Devika. You're very kind. Appreciated!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 26, 2021:

Lovely to see you! I actually did read your Hub fully and all the comments. Very touching! Allah is always merciful. Bismillah! So good of you to visit, mi didi ji. Stay well and blessed.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 26, 2021:

Ah Vanita.

You and I with Masters like Guruji and Sri Ramakrishna, we live in another world. Did you know that direct incarnations have complete access to all the planes! Haha. We cannot leave this world without their sanctioning. Still, I'm great and it's such a joy to hear from you! I take a break now and again. Yes! A victory to the Supreme ... to Allah. Dhanyavaad!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 26, 2021:

Thank you. Thank you Audrey! Yes. Very happy she pulled through. Amen to that!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 26, 2021:

Beautiful! Nice to have you back. I am impressed at you r come back write up here. A way to get us back and to read what you have on your mind.

Rosina S Khan on June 25, 2021:

Welcome back, Manatita. Am I happy to see you! Thank you so much for this beautiful tribute to me. Yes, God spared my life, answering so many prayers. I am indebted to all those in the community and those on this page who have written kind words about me. Thank you again!

Vanita Thakkar on June 25, 2021:

Delighted to see you back, Brother Manatita !! Where were you ? I was wondering about you and was thinking of sending an email to ask how you were doing ....

A lovely poem from you - as always - loved the smooth flow of words and energy.

Rosina’s victory over Corona is a joy and inspiration to everyone. Your tributes have made the joy poetic and musical.

Take care. Stay blessed.

Best wishes and regards to you.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on June 25, 2021:

manatita, I'm so touched with this presentation. Very glad that Rosina pulled through. Your words are like a beautiful melody.

Blessings, my friend.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 25, 2021:

Thank you Linda. Appreciated!

Sha, I thank you. Anne Weal's quote is nearly as old as me!. When I was a child I read many romance novels from Mills and Boon. Ann Weal wrote one called Sweet to Remember and I still remember the quote. A real romantic, I am. haha.

Glad you love my poem. I have 1500 and many are performance pieces I don't put here. The Spirit of Juneteenth; Memorial Day; The Spirit of my Mother ... so many three minute poems I don't put here! So it's one of the best you've read, yes, but I have many super-excellent ones.

I'm actually a poet par excellence. God's gift to me. Haha. (How can I afford to be humble, when I'm so good?) Sweet chuckle. The secret of life lies in inner happiness. Laugh a lot!

Mary, yes, the stars are dancing. Love you heaps!! - Lantern

manatita44 (author) from london on June 25, 2021:

Hi Peggy. Lovely to see you. Yes, the Divine listened to many prayers on her behalf. Praise be! Gratitude.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2021:

Rosina was blessed to have a longer life after her brush with Covid-19. The stars still sparkle. You are masterful with poetic words.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 25, 2021:

Another very deep thoughts. The stars must be dancing as you write these beautiful lines.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 25, 2021:

It's good to see you back, Manatita. And, boy did you come in with a bang! This is so touching and heartfelt. One of your best to date.

We're all thankful Rosina pulled through and is still with us. This tribute is icing on the cake.

I, too, was touched by Anne Weal's quote. Very thought-provoking.

Welcome back, my friend!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 25, 2021:

Welcome back dear Manatita. How you have been missed! Many of us prayed for Rosina in her illness. I am certain that this will lift her spirits.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 25, 2021:

Misbah, estupendo! Es muy amable.

John, mi Bro,

Good to see you again, you and Bill are maestros of this subtle art so I salute you! Thank you so much!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 25, 2021:

Welcome back bro, you have been missed. Your words are like music to the ears and this is a most fitting tribute to Rosina. I am sure she will be touched.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 25, 2021:

Muchas Gracias, hermano. Recientemente ayudé a alguien en los foros con un artículo en español.

(Thanks a lot, bro. I recently helped someone on the forums with an article in Spanish.)

manatita44 (author) from london on June 25, 2021:

Tu espanyol es excelente! Suyo affectisimo!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 25, 2021:

de nada, mi hermano. Siempre eres bienvenido

manatita44 (author) from london on June 25, 2021:

Gratitude, Chitrangaga Ji.

A joy and blessing to hear from you. My empathies to you for the recent and continuing plight of your beautiful country and people. May the Divine bless you always; may you live in abundant joy. - Lantern Carrier

manatita44 (author) from london on June 25, 2021:

Good afternoon, my Sweet Misbah, mi Habibi.

Thank you so much! You are always an estrella en mi Corazon. Mu querida amiga. Muchisimas gracias!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 25, 2021:

Welcome back Manatita!

So good to see your wonderful post today.

A beautiful and heartfelt tribute to Rosina. By God’s Grace, Rosina has recovered from her recent illness. Prayers are powerful, and they are answered too.

I loved reading your poem with deep feelings and thoughts. Nice pictures and Rumi’s quote is so true.

Have a good day and thank you for sharing this.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 25, 2021:

So glad to see you, bro. I missed you so much. What a magnificent poem. I'm delighted to see you paying a beautiful tribute to Rosina. When she was not well we all have prayed a lot for her recovery. She is truly an honourable member of our community. Thanks for creating this beautiful hub.

God bless you both. Amen!!

I love the quote by Anne Weale and Rumi

I enjoyed reading these lines:

Minstrels gather together as we twirl, on luminous

Carousels of glittering rays, estrellas sparkling; multiplying

Themselves a thousand-fold; whispering symphonies of

flute-like solitude, into the profundity of our Spirit.

Stay safe and healthy


manatita44 (author) from london on June 25, 2021:

Thank you Pamela, Huge appreciations!

You carry your smile and energy well, like my sister, yet I know that you too, like so many of us, have to deal with life's travails. God hear our prayers and grant you peace.

As ever, my deepest gratitude for this exquisite sentiment! Peace.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 25, 2021:

What a beautiful poem, Manatita. I am glad you honored Rosina as well. We were all concerned about her and many of us prayed for her recovery.

I have missed reading your beautiful poetry recently, and I really enjoyed this poem. That quote by Anne Weale made me stop and think about it. Have a good weekend.


manatita44 (author) from london on June 25, 2021:

Ah, my brother Bill!! Thank you so much!! - Lantern Carrier

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 25, 2021:

Very lovely! Filled with love. Heartfelt! Touching. Moving. A joyous read, my friend.

Blessings and love always

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