Silence in the Eloquence of Words. Saturday's Inspiration 31 to Brenda Arledge

Updated on July 8, 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.


Wise words from the Master

“My Heart is burning with Love,

All can see this flame;

My Heart is pulsing with passion,

Like waves on an ocean.” – Maulana Jalal ‘Uddin Mohammed Rumi


A look at poetry

We are souls and as such poetry is the Light of the soul, expressing itself in myriad forms, in and through creation. This is unique for each soul, according to its growth and development. A man whose thoughts are sublime and lofty, will usually write for the Heart of a seeker, just as the depressed and troubled soul, will address the things of despair.

The romantic poet may paint pictures on the canvas of life … of holding hands, dreams, heartbreaks and unrequited love and the aesthetic will add gracefulness, beauty and the wonders of nature. As such we utilize the senses, the abstract as well as the visual, portraying words in multiple ways to address our need for healing, service, light … more light.

Poetry is the invisible, manifesting itself through the visible; the formless utilizing and expressing itself in and through the form, in order to create magic … empowerment for all.

Words are incredibly impactful and has been known to serve as catalyst for saving lives. They express the varying moods of the soul and as such there’s usually something in it for everyone. This may be through themes such as graffiti art, other paintings, nature and social injustice, architecture and human forms, acts of God and many more.

God is the Absolute Silence and it has been said by God-souls, that the Supreme Reality, can only be expressed in Silence. There is an Existence, Consciousness … Bliss, which cannot be explained. Yet we need words and the great Seers and Rishis themselves have used words continually.


More about words and their impact

The great spiritual teacher Nisagadatta once told his disciples that words are not necessary. “But Master,” said a disciple. “Why do you use words?” “Only to take you to the point,” replied the Master, where you come to realize that words are not necessary.”

In poetry circles, we sometimes speak of the way that words affect an audience. There is the traditional cheers and clapping of course. There are the ‘clicking’ of fingers, the odd ‘Jesus Christ!’ or ‘Wow! … the impact of silence when the piece is truly touching and special. There’s also the unusual.

A woman came up to me after a performance once and asked if it was my poem. I said, “Yes.” She responded that she had no plans to return, but that after hearing me, she would definitely come the following week.

A young man once ran all the way from the back row and kissed my cheeks. He was in love with a poem that I had done about the plight of refugees. At another time, the Emcee asked the crowd to repeat, after the count of three: We are healed!” So profound was the effect of my words upon him! Needless to say, they all responded to his appeal.

Finally, I did a poem for black history month and finished by singing a stanza from Amazing Grace. One guy started singing with me, then another and … and so pretty soon everyone was up, giving me a standing ovation.


Some ways we receive words

Words are heard by the mind, but the best poetry is also heard in the Heart, hence the title of this piece. There they take shape like seeds, grow and manifest in silence in the seeker, at an opportune or appropriate moment, blooming and blossoming to new life.

There’s silence in the eloquence of words, as they can sometimes come directly from the soul. As such, they inspire, elevate, awaken and illumine the soul, receptive to their Light … their music.

I generally receive words or sentences in sleep as well as wakefulness, meditations and books, in nature around me, scriptures and poets, as well as an evolving Consciousness or Spirit.

Most words have already been said, but the esoteric or meta-physical poet, puts them in a creative, magical and new way. Love is always in motion, ever-progressive and self-transcending. So too, are words, filled with the stillness of the unknowable.

“A man is truly free, even here in the embodied state,

So long as he knows that God is the true Agent … that

He, by himself, is powerless to do anything.” -The great visionary-Seer, Sri Ramakrishna.

The great soul Swami Vivekananda


Your Sweet Glimmer or Tender Smile, Setting my Soul on Fire

Drifting on the shadowy threads of my memory,

Past grudges fade away like clouds, making way

For the radiant sun. The Light of my Beloved

Shines brightly, burning the strands of adversity.

The redbreast sends me feathers; so I grow wings,

Soaring on the crest of infinitude. I’m bemused by the

Shimmer of stars, laughing and dancing with moonlight;

I flirt with Love, on the immaculate folds of Your locks.

Come! You that open the doors of my Heart,

Filling me up with the bliss of Silence, come!

My Path was long and the tears have been many;

Yet in the hollow of life, I felt Your breath.

Chanting the songs of Your victory. I beat on the

Drums of Jerusalem. Soaring ‘cross the lap of ancient

Stories, I toast past regrets and celebrate life, drinking

The wine of perennial freedom.

It sometimes happen, that the pale moon sparkles;

The shooting stars waltz in the Andromeda Galaxy.

Then I think of the gaze which melts my core ---Your sweet

Glimmering, tender smile, setting my soul on fire.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 17th June, 2020.

Poem by Hafiz, the great Seer

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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    5 days ago from london

    Ah, Thank you Brenda.

    I'm glad that you eventually found it! It is always an honour for me to write for poets and here I wanted to share some of my thoughts on poetry. Enjoy your vacation and stay blessed. - Manatita

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    5 days ago from Washington Court House


    Thank you so much!!

    I absolutely love everything about this article and I love the poem.

    Sorry that I didn't see this earlier...busy time with family before.

    Actually I am now on vacation but saw this on google chrome when doing a search and just had to read it.

    I do so appreciate this! I am delighted and in awe of your poetry.

    You have captured the very essence of this poem with each word.

    Thank you, my friend.

    I will be in touch soon.

    Have a great day!

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 days ago from london

    Many thanks, my Brother. Welcome here. Peace.

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    John Brown 

    11 days ago

    Indeed, words are powerful and life changing. Your piece speaks to the heart.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    2 weeks ago from london

    Devika, Indeed!

    Trial and error. It is a path of 'sweet' sacrifice. Gratitude ... much!

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    Devika Primić 

    2 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    The soul has to overcome these moods and you say it so well in this hub. One needs to be filled ith joy and fly as far as they can reach to see what works best

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    2 weeks ago from london

    Greetings Dee. 0300 hrs here. Don't truly know why I'm up ... not true. Just finished my movie. Lol.

    Always a joy to see you and right now, with the stillness of such music in nature, it is even more beautiful. Praise Him! A mighty fine sentiment from you.

    Note: You like my 'praise be', I believe. I always feel that God is in charge and that I'm just a beginner-seeker. I like the word, inshal'lah also. In our Christianity, it means 'if it's God's Will', or God willing. I also use it a lot in relation to the future. So, see you later, inshal'lah.

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    Dora Weithers 

    2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

    Expressing "the varying moods of the soul" is a feat you accomplish very well. Your prose here offered helpful and excellent explanations on poetry, and your personal illustrations are very touching. Thanks for sharing.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    3 weeks ago from london

    Yes, Peggy.

    As a servant of Him, it is always great to hear from people about how the poetry touched them. Have a great Sunday.

    I thank you, Shannon,

    In spite of your struggles and difficulties, you have always been kind and sincere with your comments. I like the way you say what you say. Highly appreciated.

    Anzeela, welcome here and God bless, my friend. Continue ... continue.

    Linda C,

    That's great! I love this line too. Much Gratitude.

    Nithya, thank you.

    It is a therapy for many ... giving a sense of healing, of wholeness and this increases as we realize that others enjoy our work. As long as we are not attached to this. Thank you so much!

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    Nithya Venkat 

    3 weeks ago from Dubai

    An interesting look at poetry. I enjoyed reading your poem, beautifully expressed. I love poetry, and I write to express my inner feelings.

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    Linda Crampton 

    3 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

    You've created another interesting poem. I especially like the lines about the redbreast sending you feathers so that you can grow wings and fly. That's a lovely reference to the connection in nature!

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    Anzeela Arjumand 

    3 weeks ago from Khanewal

    Lovely poetry...

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    Shannon Henry 

    3 weeks ago from Texas

    Interesting prose and beautiful poetry. You are gifted with eloquence.

    I hope you've been well. I haven't been around HP as much as I used to. Life got rather busy, but I miss reading the poetry of gifted writers such as yourself.

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    Peggy Woods 

    3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

    You must be filled with gratitude when you see people reacting to your poems in person in such a positive way. Words do resonate and can touch the heart of people in unique and meaningful ways. Keep writing your poetry. You may never know how many people's lives you have affected!

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    3 weeks ago from london

    Thanks Ruby.

    Your mistake is my joy so I have got two, much needed comments. Lol. Thank you so much!

    Hi Mary,

    Yes indeed!! You seem to be growing nicely. Be brave; be bold, be adventurous.

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    Mary Norton 

    3 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

    Words...filled with the stillness of the unknowable. So much depth in this statement. As I grow in consciousness, I can relate with your words.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

    I didn't get to finish my comment, some kind of glitch I suppose? I wanted to say that I love Brenda's poems.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

    Your poetry is beautiful. I write poetry for fun and sometimes from my inner feeling's. Let's just say that I love to rhyme words.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    3 weeks ago from london

    Thanks Eric.

    You can use inspired words or lines from day to day conversations and put them down in a notebook. After two or three days, there's usually more than enough to write prose or a poem. That's one way, but you should also play with the inspired words, until they have become your own. Much Love.

    Hi Ann,

    Chuckle. I have mentioned Shakespeare and Dickinson before, purely because I feel they were free-spirited, without constraints. Had to imagine Emily like that as she seemed to have been quite shy, but then Bill tells us that he is. Lol.

    I feel as free like the Chinese Dao (Tao) of Calligraphy. This allows room for the flamboyancy, creativity and flow. Sometimes the flamboyancy is based on inner experience and words are hardly the tools to do them justice. Sri Chinmoy had a way of joining two words together. Heart-songs; purity-garlands and so forth

    I'm happy that you have entered the world of poetry and yes, we can be so flamboyant with nature! "The breath of the sea rushed towards me, filling me up with its peace." Chuckle.

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    Ann Carr 

    3 weeks ago from SW England

    I find that these days I like poetry more and more, both to read and to write. I've taken to reading Edward Thomas at the moment (one of the quotes above) as he is close in style to Macfarlane's way of writing, his poetic prose. Thomas also understood the deep bond with nature.

    I like your explanations of the writing of words and the styles of poetry. I also love your flamboyant style of expression!


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    Eric Dierker 

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

    Great food for thought. Of course the beauty of your poetry is a nice glue to hold it together.

    I am finding that I like to write and then let it hang around. And see how my self is at another time.

    Only sometimes with the sermons. Usually those are somewhat inspired.

    The positive out shadows negative - which is a fine cloak indeed.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    3 weeks ago from london

    Thanks Lorna.

    This is only one aspect. I have not covered the negative which is also real, of course. But we all wish to have a great weekend and Happy Father's Day.

    Lastly, apart from being an emotive, it is a very diverse subject as poetry can be expressed in hundreds of ways. What is always constant, is the fact that the growth and development of the poet, influences the writing. As the mood lowers or rises, so does the poetry. Silence of course is ... silence. Much Love.

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    Lorna Lamon 

    3 weeks ago

    It is within silence that I find inspiration. However, when I start to write, the words seem to have a life of their own. An interesting and thought provoking article Manatita, filled with the joy of words and the wisdom of silence. A touching tribute to Brenda who is a wonderfully supportive friend and creative writer.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    3 weeks ago from london

    Thanks Bill.



    Thanks. Yes, if her spirits need uplifting. She reminds me of a fighter and so she'll be fine. Much Peace.

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    Rosina S Khan 

    3 weeks ago

    Thank you, Manatita, for this tribute to well-deserving Brenda. You have weaved words into great poetry and dedicated the article to my good friend. I hope it will uplift her spirits and she will be happy.

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    Bill Holland 

    3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

    Brenda is someone I just recently started following closely. She is a fine writer and quite deserving of this tribute.

    Blessings to you both always


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