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She Never Sleeps. A Dedication to a Brilliant Writer-Friend, Rinita Sen 1


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

Wisdom from the Seeress Mirabai

"I planted the creeper of Love,

And silently watered it with my tears.

Now it has grown and overspread my dwelling." -Mirabai


New York, New York

She’s big, powerful, majestic … her pillars

Stretching across the city like neon lights.

Her body throbs vibrantly,

Pulsating kisses to distant lands.

Buzzing, buzzing … a rhythmic melody of sounds,

Emits from her numerous modes of actions.

Grandiose is the allure of her skyscrapers!

They say she never sleeps …

Her sonorous symphony, like Marley’s lyrics,

Echoing her eloquent notes in all directions;

Her parks and rivers bonded together,

By the stateliness of her bridges.

A sacred god, longing to be conquered,

A stature of liberty, still waiting to be explored.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 16th August, 2018

Founding Fathers


The Spirit of America Rejoices

A burst of Light; the virgin dawn awakes;

Hope blossoms in the soul of man.

The Spirit of America rejoices;

Liberty strums its melody in the Hearts of all.

The Tao of dauntless courage,

Heralds yet another promising sunrise.

My core rejoices, with America’s indomitable will.

The minstrels dance from heaven;

Blowing the victory-conches of supernal Love.

The joyful tears of a Nation fills the skies.

Into a river of copious Love,

The Spirit of the Founding Fathers,

Floats on the crest of silvery wings,

Kissing the Light of the moon, in peerless bliss.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Revised 23rd August, 2018.


Wisdom from the Seeress Mirabai

"Do not forget Love.

It will bring all the madness you need,

To unfurl yourself across the universe." -Mirabai

The Spirit of Freedom

© 2018 manatita44


Li-Jen Hew on September 10, 2018:

Wow, straightforwardness is a quality that I admire! :) Thanks and you're welcome! :)

manatita44 (author) from london on September 10, 2018:

Hi Li Jen.

I was thinking about you this morning. Glad I invoked your Spirit.

Speaking of Spirit, I'm trying to bring forward the Spirit of America. Thank you so much!

Li-Jen Hew on September 10, 2018:

Hey Manatita. I like how your poem makes me think of how grand the statue of liberty is in the great sea and it was clever how you managed to come up with another poem about liberty too. Thanks for the share.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 25, 2018:

Yes, both different and similar and carrying the Spirit of NY and some aspects on the USA. I should employ you as my very special promoter. You'll do a great job. Thank you Dana. Much Gratitude ... much!

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on August 25, 2018:

"She’s big, powerful, majestic … her pillars

Stretching across the city like neon lights.

Her body throbs vibrantly",

I read both tributes over and over trying to find which one I like the best. I couldn't they were both so awesome. However I loved the poetic flow of the line above. Simply marvelous!

manatita44 (author) from london on August 25, 2018:


The beauty of Marley's lyrics shines in your comment. He was a very spiritual man in his own right. God bless his Spirit. Gratitude.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on August 25, 2018:

My dear Brother, your Clear Heart sees magic and beauty, wherever you go, because remembers that everything is the One in myriad manifestations! Thank you for that sight!

"One love, one heart

Let's get together and feel all right

As it was in the beginning (one love)

So shall it be in the end (one heart)

Alright, give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right

Let's get together and feel all right..." - Bob Marley


manatita44 (author) from london on August 24, 2018:

Dora I thank you. Your appreciate what Im trying to do. Lovely!

Venkatachari M,

Thanks Venkatachari Ji and a noble soul indeed!

manatita44 (author) from london on August 24, 2018:

Thank you Peggy.

Go again. It's so beautiful!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 24, 2018:

You did a great job of carrying the personification of New York a long way past her non-sleep habit. "Like Marley’s lyrics"-glorious. The Spirit of America also well portrayed in sights, sounds and action. Beautiful!

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on August 24, 2018:

A beautiful poem showcasing New York city's elegance and majesty.

It is a nice tribute to this noble lady, Rinita Sen.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 24, 2018:

I remember taking a boat ride around the Statue of Liberty when I was about 12 years of age. It has served as a beacon of hope for countless people through the years. May she long continue to do so!

manatita44 (author) from london on August 24, 2018:

Thank you, Rajan. Trying to capture the Spirit. Ha ha. Appreciations.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 24, 2018:

A look at New York as never before. Beautiful my friend. Mirabai's wisdom is like the proverbial icing on the cake. Thank you.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 24, 2018:

Yes Alicia. It's certainly worth a visit! Try Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty abd the Parks. Thank you so much!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 23, 2018:

I've never been to New York, though I'd like to. Your vibrant and interesting poetry certainly brings the city alive.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 23, 2018:

Appreciated, Linda L.

Thank you so much!


You seem to be working on it. I have another dedication for you here somewhere. Maybe three back. Keep working on your spiritual practice. Best wishes.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on August 23, 2018:

Manatita, my maternal grandparents passed through New York 118 years ago when they arrived at Ellis Island. For them, America was the land of opportunity and promise. Thank you for the tributes to the land my grandparents had hoped for and for dedicating this to such a tender, loving soul.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 23, 2018:

"The Tao of dauntless courage"...I like this line as it expresses so much the inner core I want to be in touch with in my own person. Only then, can I be whole, only then can I say I am.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 23, 2018:

Yes, yes, I like it. Just that I thought that with the second poem gone, just those two lines in the second para won't fit. But no sweat. I have put up two poems in another Hub

I have taken another of my poems on America and changed much. Sweetest Love.

Rinita Sen on August 23, 2018:

Beautiful second poem. How you write such beautiful verses in a matter of minutes is beyond me. I will keep my first comment, though :)

manatita44 (author) from london on August 23, 2018:

Thank you, my Brother. Mirabai was an Indian Seeress ... a God-lover, if you like. Some spiritual figures say that among the female God-intoxicated Souls of India, she was unparalleled.

The Spirit of Washington, Emerson, Lincoln, Jefferson, Dickinson and others, still dance within the American Consciousness and is working even now, for the liberation of the soul. We are moving forward, but sometimes we move in a spiral. Ultimately the divine forces will win. Love conquers everything in time, according to the Will of the Absolute.

Just one view of course and your comment is very nice. Thank you so much!!

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on August 23, 2018:

Manatita, Mirabai, I'm supposing is plural for "marabou" which are "large African storks with a massive bill and large neck pouch, feeding mainly by scavenging" that the message written on the Statue of Liberty suggests that is what the "supposed" United States of America is built from and your poem "New York, New York" reflects that. It is well written.

The founding fathers had a rejoicing "The Spirit of America's" intent but, I'm sadden to say, it has never materialized even to this day. "The Spirit of America Rejoices" is also well presented.

Thanks for those presentations.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 23, 2018:

'deserves' in my comment means 'would appreciate' in view of your own innate qualities. There are many women here, some I can name immediately, who are quite discerning and illumined.

I have sung nothing but the song of Oneness in all my work. You know that, don't you?

I felt the two American poems would be better, so I have already changed it. You will get a part two. Hope this is cool, for you. You can re-write your first quote without the second paragraph. Om Shanti!!

Rinita Sen on August 23, 2018:

Thank you for being so kind, as to being with wisdom and illumination. I think they are innate characteristics of women as much as men, maybe in some ways more.

My faith is through my work, whatever I can contribute, to add value, and most importantly, giving to those who need the most. That, I believe, brings us closest to God, who I believe, is only one, and I hope you agree.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 23, 2018:

Ah, so sweet, Bill. Thank you so much!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 23, 2018:

I concur with the spirit of this article/tribute. Beautifully written about a beautiful spirit of a human being.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 23, 2018:


You are an American, no? Even more so, as sometimes I feel you have the native warrior Spirit ... the Love of Mother Earth. Go to Manhattan before you pass through this curtain of Eternity to the Beyond. Time is precious. You are broke? Ha ha. You need a rich 'Dad.' I'm here now, come and see me. Lol.

Thank you so much! Om Shanti!!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 23, 2018:

Beautiful poems, Manatita! In looking at the photo of Lady Liberty, I see the people down below, looking at her. I can only imagine how breathtaking that must be. I've only been to NYC once when I was on a field trip in grade school (Philly). We went to China Town. I wish we'd had gone to see the Statue of Liberty. I'll probably leave this earth never having felt the history and soul that must emanate from her.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 23, 2018:

Two of the same or similar would have been too much! They are not exactly 'My Sweet Beloved ...' which I wanted to write, so I cushioned it with Mira and Kabir. For girls, I generally like sweetness and charm, accompanied by flowers. Only in this case, I stayed with wisdom and illumination, which a writer of your calibre deserves.

Yes, NY is an awesome place. I have been coming an average of twice a year for 36 years!

Mirabai remains unparalleled among the Seeress's of India. What's your Faith?

My deepest gratitude for your kind sentiments.

Rinita Sen on August 23, 2018:

Oh thank you so much, manatita! You are too kind and generous. The two poems are so different outwardly, but somewhere share the same soul. NYC is one of my favorite cities, been there multiple times. Love the city's fast pace.

The second sonnet about love is too deep, any soul can get happily lost in it.

Mirabai's quotes complement well. She is known widely as a giver of love, especially to Lord Krishna, and never wanting anything in return. The kind of love that we often fail to follow, but hopefully we all can.

Thank you again, my writer friend and inspirer!

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