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Stars Waltz on the Darkness, so Hearts May Rejoice. Thursday's Homily for the Devout, 18. To My Friend, Marlene Bertrand


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


Stars Waltz on The Darkness, So Hearts May Rejoice.

When a 22-yr old inauguration poet,

Goes viral in 10 mins, it tells me, that

Where ever I am in the world arena,

I’m in need of the Light her Spirit offers.

Some leaders are just tiny parts, of a much

Larger problem --the dearth of the soul.

Amanda's strength, is that she angles the

Darkness, into the Citadel of cosmic Light.

I offer myself to my Beloved, and the whole

Universe works with me. I know that where

My treasure lies, there will my Heart be also.

The Heart, the Heart, for me nothing else matters.

I follow the call of this bodily Temple,

Transform myself in amazing ways.

A cascade of beauty follows my Path,

A fragrance to Sojourners, walking the Tao.

I burn in Its Alchemy, on a Path

Paved with challenges. My desires,

Greed … attachments, are naught but the

Beloved’s labyrinth, to find my way Home.

For a slow student, the good teacher

Repeats each lesson again and again.

Whene’er my Queen embraces me, She removes

Worn strands from my blueprint of memories.

I ascend on the flames of the Phoenix, crawling

In spirals, like a snake. Shaped like malleable

Clay in the hands of my Weaver, I attune

To the moon and twinkle of stars.


I soar upwards, as Orion dances, preparing

A banquet for Emperors and Queens.

I, who was lost in turbulent waters,

Now turn my gaze to welcome the shore.

I sail on a vista of new horizons, away

From sad songs of supremacy;

Adorned by the lyrics of magical psalms,

Cascading their rays, to the harp of my soul.

I know from the sad tale of Pharisees, that the

Mind’s brilliance, is no match for the unspoken

Radiance of the Heart; so I speak, not of

Inequities, but study the scents of fragrant flowers.

It is the myriad notes in an orchestra, that

Blends the music together, like the silent awe

In a poem sublime. It is Love which gives me the

Sting of thorns, to transform me into roses.

Any erroneous leadership, eventually lead to a brighter

Sunshine. Stars waltz on the darkness, so Hearts may rejoice.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 21st January, 2021.

Extracts from Sri Chinmoy's Writing

"... in the near future, a new Light will dawn, and it will clear all the clouds, the thick clouds that have gathered together for years. Very soon - I am not saying tomorrow or in a month or in a year or two - but in the near future, the world will see the dawn of world history." - Sri Chinmoy


Staying positive

© 2021 manatita44


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

Yes, indeed!! That is why the world reached out to her. A perfect example of giving and receiving. Now she's doing so well with her poems, books and several interviews. As we sow, so shall we reap. This is a universal law. The law of Karma.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 26, 2021:

The dearth of the soul...yes, it is underneath today's problem. Amanda's poem is truly beautiful and captures what we aspire.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 22, 2021:

Yes, Peggy. As I pointed out, it reached the global world in 10 mins and is still being shared by so many humans! My summarisation is that there is a dearth of the soul. We need Light and saw it in the words of 22-yr old Amanda, coming directly from her soul. Love helped her to write that poem, just as it did those who wrote the Declaration.

Thank you so much Peggy. I have yet to hear someone say something even remotely negative of Amanda. On the contrary, she is said to have upstaged Biden. But they are complimentary, of course. The jasmine does not criticize the lavender for also being scented. They work together, as a garden of Love. Peace.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 22, 2021:

That poem by a young 22-year-old woman at the inauguration of President Biden will go down in history as one of the greatest inauguration poems of all time. Thanks for bringing attention to it in your poem and dedication to Marlene Bertrand.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 22, 2021:

Thank you, my Didi ji

Much Love

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2021:

Beautiful poem with positive thoughts. A lovely tribute to Marlene, and an enjoyable read.

Thank you for sharing this. Have a blessed weekend.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 22, 2021:

Thanks Summer. Appreciation

manatita44 (author) from london on January 22, 2021:

Thank you, Nithya.

We need a new dawn indeed!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 21, 2021:

A beautiful poem, we need new dawn now.

Summer A Pennerman from Nassau, Bahamas on January 21, 2021:

Amazing poetry. You are truly a gift and inspiration to us all. Once again, the 22 year old poet was great. Blessings

manatita44 (author) from london on January 21, 2021:

Thank you, Dee. Yes, she's on fire!

Lantern Carrier

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 21, 2021:

Manatita, the young poet is on the light bearer's track as you are.Thanks for more of your light in today's homily.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on January 21, 2021:

Wasalam Manatita.

May God be pleased with you. AMEEN!

manatita44 (author) from london on January 21, 2021:

Yes, yes, Brenda. We are singing the same necessary and sublime songs. Gratitude ... much!

P.S Amanda is the dream stuff of God-men. Young and with a soul on fire. She will progress very rapidly with a Godman to guide her.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 21, 2021:


I believe the little ladie's thoughts are crossing the world bringing light to many.

I hope her message touches many hearts turning the darkness into Light.

This is definitely a time we need it.

Letting God take control of our lives during our struggles is never easy, but the reward of peace one receives is golden.

Take care my friend and keep writing your beautiful words.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 21, 2021:

Thanks Eric. God bless you, Bro. Guruji's philosophy is to start and you have started. The rest is in God's hands. Much Love.

Misbah, (Chuckle) I meant you showed a remarkable understanding of that line. In a deeper sense it's correct too, for this line requires much wisdom. Salaam!

manatita44 (author) from london on January 21, 2021:

Yes, Brenda.

You show a great understanding of the problem. This is an excerpt of a letter, I wrote to a friend:

"A black 22-yr old Amanda Gorman went viral across the globe in 10 minutes! Why? It is because of the Light of her soul that humanity needs so badly.

A leader is just a tiny part of a much larger problem --the dearth of the soul. Saviours come to help us, and we have read their works. We cannot say we do not know. Amanda's strength, is that she is trying to turn darkness into Light. The mystic's strength, is that he sees Light and darkness, as necessary elements, of this thing called Love.

The Christ exhorts us to 'Seek ye first the Kingdom of heaven, and everything else will fall into place.' Nisagadatta says it more eloquently: "Give yourself to the Divine, and the whole Universe will work with you. But we say the world first and God second.

The Supreme is a jealous God and we cannot serve man and mammon, for where our treasure is, there will our Heart be also.

Truth be told, it is an insult to Christ to feel so much fear and doubt, just as it is an insult to Martin Luther King jnr, to say that he preached violence. Anyway, my work is really to serve humans ... to point them to God.

Christ could have listened to a Barabbas, who was ready to offer him the leadership to overthrow the Romans. Yet he chose Love. The Heart ... the Heart ... the spiritual Heart, not the emotions. Nothing else matters.

If we follow that Light, we will find ourselves changing in amazing ways and what's more, we will slowly and surely carry others with us. This, is Discipleship. I trust you understand."

Thank you so much, Brenda.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on January 21, 2021:

manatita thanks a lot for saying me a quick student but in my opinion, I still have to go long way.

stay bless always.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 21, 2021:

Thank you friend. A true blessing to start my day where I often forget these lessons. But this will bring me back where I belong.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 21, 2021:


I listened as the 22 yr old poet delivered her work to the world.

Her thoughts on unity and strength from togetherness touched me.

Her words...we must put our differences aside.

They say God works in mysterious ways & this is proof of his doing to have these words scatter across the globe.

We can all learn a lesson.

Nice poetry my friend.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 21, 2021:

Thank you so much, Pamela. I tried to write to you yesterday. Don't think I got through. I wanted to offer my Salutations to America. Your support is received with Love, as always.

Appreciated, Rosina. A noble sentiment. Thank you so much!!

Thank you, John. Amanda's poetry is what I was asking you for. So now you have a better guide. Haha. However, she turns darkness to Light. The mystic sees Light in darkness. Both roles add to human evolution.

Misbah, Lol. You're a quick student. Love ya! Wa alaikum salaam! Wa rahmatullahi, wa barakatuhu!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on January 21, 2021:

Beautiful words, “ For a slow student, the good teacher

Repeats each lesson again and again.”

Keep the good work up


John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 21, 2021:

Beautiful and uplifting, Bro. A joy to read.

Rosina S Khan on January 21, 2021:

Stunning poetry, and rational thoughts of the Master. Thanks for sharing, Manatita.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 21, 2021:

I do think a positive attitude is a healthier way to live. Your poetry is beautiful and a lovely tribute to Marlene. I also liked the video of the light. This is a very enjoyable article.

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