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The Concubine-Courtesan


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


The Courtesan

They say she’s a concubine, one courted by

Emperors and Queens, engaged in power-games

At luscious banquets, lavish lifestyles as well as sensual

Creativity, for bargaining with the opulent and powerful.

They say I’m a courtesan, but what about those

Who give gold and expensive trinkets for my services?

Am I less human? Are they so undefiled, that they have

The right to solicit violations on my dignity and self-respect?

They seek pleasurable deeds, which can only leave me

Unsanctified, with pain in my soul. Maybe some Romans

Were callous, uncaring; lust-driven humans of outer affluence;

Perhaps they took advantage of the downtrodden and oppressed.

Perchance, in the Garden of Eden, a zealot painted me red

With an apple of scars, that even today, still need to be

Removed, from the corridor of shadows in men’s souls.

I am a strand from the harp, of the Melody which we are,

All struggling for meaning in this dense fog of shadows.

I adorn myself with the robe of survival, which, although coloured

In scarlet, allows me to endure; strive for the pinnacle of excellence.

I am a rose and the sweet scent from which all garlands came,

And yes, thorns do linger, like leaches, but will inevitably be

Burnt by a cauldron of fire in my soul.

I am the dawn, walking upon the lap of

Another glorious sunrise, and even though my

Precursor undresses a darkness to rebuke my Spirit,

Light has anointed the heavens with twinkling stars.

You may weep for me, but keep your thoughts sacred,

Enslave me not with emptiness like the Emperor does, but

Let your tears kiss my Heart with empathy and compassion,

Ringing bells for its victory; chanting praises to the glories of Love.

_Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 21st September, 20


For the Sweet Lamp of Tomorrow

Clinging on to a mirage, left me with only the

Sand of shadows; Yet that which is bitter to endure

Today, is but a veil for the sweet lamp of tomorrow.

A delectable faith on the soup of the Soul, will only

Multiply abundantly. I made amends, by burning

My agony in seeds of contemplation. Today my

Heart attunes, to the wine of Your lips.

My soul glows, like the sun, in a river of sweetness.

I ride on a carousel of Light, hoisting the banner of

Freedom, to the pinnacle of Love Divine.

Just yesterday, I visited the alluring Palaces of Hades;

Gave myself, to the transitory shadows of her realm.

The moon descended, like a beacon in my darkness;

Now my world is filled, with the glories of shooting stars.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 22nd October, 2020.

The Poetry of Hafez

A tapestry of colours to be played well

© 2020 manatita44


Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 03, 2020:

For the sweet lamp of tomorrow...to a pure spiritual life...

manatita44 (author) from london on October 30, 2020:

Hi Dee.

Your cell works? Good to hear from you.

Well, her struggle is our struggle and the Light shines in the heavens, even when the shadows are dense. Thank you so much!

Hi Sha, So true!

You re very wise. Much gratitude

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 30, 2020:

Manatita, you treat the courtesan with such nobility and sophistication! Nobody gives her more value than you do. Such a beautiful, compassionate thing to do!

"That which is bitter to endure / Today, is but a veil for the sweet lamp of tomorrow." Hopeful!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 30, 2020:

Life's twist and turns, ups and downs are full of color. Color keeps us reaching, striving, keeps us alive with hope and love.

Beautiful pieces, manatita!

manatita44 (author) from london on October 30, 2020:

Ah, Linda, so sweet!!

I am actually blessed. Like Bill, we will be recognised when we are gone and I still have not put my work out there. Bill does, as you know.

I used that poem in a competition which I won with 98 points. One of the highest in Slams! I nearly did a Simone Biles or Nadia Comanesc. (Perfect 10 or 100)

It is a joy to me to know you appreciate my work and your sentiment is truly heartfelt

P.S. There are good poets and then there is pure genius. I can do what most poets do, but they cannot do what I do without inner Spirituality. The voice of the Inner Pilot needs to be strong. Love you, Sis. Stay blessed!

My Didi ji,

They still exists with different names. Yes, the world is much better for women but problems still abound. I have written about 60 poems in support of women. Yes, it is much better but it is still a 'hell' for some. Thank you so much!!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 30, 2020:

Excellent and thoughtful poems.

I am glad that you have shared a poem on this subject and with so much sensitivity. I have read a lot about the concubine or the courtesans or the court singers and dancers. Thankfully it was long time ago, when the kingdoms were the order of the day, around the World. We are fortunate that we live in a free society and women are respected and given equal status and opportunities.

Thank you for sharing another wonderful piece.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 30, 2020:

Manatita, all of us have the same words at our disposal, but you weave them together in a way that no one else ever has. Your imagery is superb.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 30, 2020:

SWEET AND CHARMING, EH? You've got taste! 'Nuff respect for continually honouring my work.

I know I make it look easy but I give all credit to the inner voice of Spirit. Gratitude.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 30, 2020:

"I am the dawn, walking upon the lap of

Another glorious sunrise, "

The imagery is superb, once again, as we all have come to expect of you. Bravo, my friend. A pure joy to read.

May good blessings follow you, today and always.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 30, 2020:

Indeed Devika.

There are messages in everything I write. Thank you so much!!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 30, 2020:

manatita44 A great way to view life in positive and happier way than to dwell. I like your poems all have great meaning to life itself.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 30, 2020:

Yes, Bro.

You're right. It's one of my performance pieces as the spiritual ones are normally too much for the younger groups. Even some grown-ups as well. I have quite a few performance pieces that I don't put here. Thank you so much!!

Eric, thanks Bro. Colourful, ain't it? As politics, Bro. (Laugh out loud). Thank you.

Indeed, Peggy.

In the Indian system, they did well but in the Chinese Dynasty, they wielded tremendous power. You know, Peggy, a sweet truth is that us guys have been weak and you ladies have brought us down for centuries.

No offence meant, just chatting. We males have mostly been the aggressors in those times. Thank you so much!!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 29, 2020:

What 'divine' poetry, manatita. I enjoyed both pieces very much, but especially the first which is something a little different from you.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 29, 2020:

Wonderfully done. I like to look at life this way. Thanks for this sweet perspective.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 29, 2020:

It is sad to think of those who are abused, such as the concubines, in your first poem. It is good to think that such people can still dream of better days.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 29, 2020:

Thank you, thank you, Pamela.

Indeed! We call it a Divine Lila (Leela), meaning a divine game, in Yoga Philosophy. - Gratitude.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 29, 2020:

This poetry is beautiful, Manatita. A tapastry of colors is a lovely way to view life.

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