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The Kiss of Love in Nature. Wednesday's Inspiration 9, to Shauna Bowling


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


The Magnificent Plateau. A free-style Sonnet

Splashes of undulating white, makes the ravine

Looks even more beautiful! We’ve seen these

Scenes before, surges of aqua-marine ripples,

Beneath a canopy of blue sky and scattered clouds.

You hold my gaze, a nature lover, watching the

Stream seeping through the magnificent cobbled

Stones, on either side of this stunning canyon.

The verdant hue of the foliage stands regal, enclosed

By glorious grey rock walls, plus an Amphitheatre of

Magical cliffs, dominating the lushness of this plateau.

The harps of minstrels call to me, my Beloved whispering

Melodies to Hearts blending together as One, in this

Breathtaking pinnacle-moment … of Being. I gaze upwards,

My soul spilling gratitude, for the miraculous Light of infinitude.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 1st July, 2020

Happy 4th of July, my Dear Friend



Mesmerized by the breaking of waves,

I listened to the symphony of the wind –

Of how she spoke of time past and whispering dreams;

Of the pain of millennial sorrows; the tenderness of Love.

I sat on the beauty of twilight, enchanted by

The Light of perennial entities, which kissed my Heart.

The night sky fixated my gaze; we danced on the crest

Of rolling tides, as the wind continued her illumining conversations.

She spoke of the magic of smiles; of the miracle of sunrise,

And the moon kissed my soul, as I bowed in sacred gratitude.

She sang of the glory of man; of the undaunted courage of

A woman’s sacrifice … and my Heart, became a field of prayer.

She talked of life’s struggles … of how Light shines in Jerusalem,

Even when the shadows are dense; that we can only measure

The darkness, by an effulgence we once knew.

And I listened … and my tears became a raiment for the Beloved.

“Drink!”, she said. “Go forth and love! For are not your desires

The same adversity that will fashion you into gold?

And how shall you laugh if you know no weeping?

Be patient, for the weaving of the inner Alchemist never ceases.

She spins and spins … a zillion revolutions, until every indiscretion

Is wiped clean and the yarn returns to its state of grandeur.

You are that yarn; you are that grandeur. Even though you

May not feel it, I can see a trillion candles, glittering in your core.”

Then the waves subsided and the wind blew softy,

Gently caressing my Spirit; the fire of my Essence burned

With the setting sun. “Fear not”, She said, before becoming silent.

“I am with you always, even unto the edge of eternal time.”

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 16th January, 2019


Aesthetic and ethereal beauty


manatita44 (author) from london on July 03, 2020:


Gratitude ... much!!- Manatita

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 03, 2020:

I want to thank everyone for your lovely comments. You've made my heart swell with love and color!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 03, 2020:

Yes indeed! Fine line between lavender and purple. haha. Thank you so much, my friend Peggy.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 03, 2020:

As a fellow nature lover, this poetry of yours is beautiful and a lovely tribute to Shauna. I see that she even enjoyed the photos and colors you choose to illustrate this.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 02, 2020:

So sweet ... so sweet, Devika.

What a nice thing to say this morning! I'm teary-eyed. God has given me the capacity to have Faith in humans. The woman screaming at the child on the bus, may have so many untold stories! The person who is hard on you at work, may have a difficult home life.

Seen with the eye of vision, we need to love, as each soul has its own troubles and its thoughts turn largely around itself. I pray you get this new job. Om Shanti!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 02, 2020:

Extraordinary! It is with such kindness and sweetness to read your hubs. I believe that what you write from the heart is pure and I see that here.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 02, 2020:

Mrs L,

Shauna describes her relationship with you, like yours with her. Please don't fight! Haha. How I would love to meet you two guys! One reticent, is that the word? Noble, loves family and environment ... articulute, culinary ...

The other strong, forceful, loves hard, (Smile) open and trustworthy. With a mix of both virtues as the occasion demands. God! You have made this life so beautiful! We need each other, most definitely! Sorry for my musings! forgive me. Gratitude.

Yes, Alicia,

She sings to me like the wind. Thank you so much!

Rosina, yes.

I always love it when people unwittingly make me read my poems again. I'm very good at summary, so 'dem' say. Gratitude.

My Didi Ji,

You are great at many things, I know. Talented and blessed, I'd say. Much Love.

Dee, you are fast becoming an aesthetic. Chuckle. So happy you love those poems. Joy and peace to you this sacred Thursday morning.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 02, 2020:

I love the colors in the first poem, and the photos are such good illustrations. l love the personalization of the wind in the second. So versatile, and always so beautiful!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 02, 2020:

Beautiful weaving of words, to make the reader feel the magnificence of Nature, and it’s calming effect, on our senses. Nature is my ultimate inspiration, and also my ultimate healer.

A wonderful tribute to Shauna, a great writer and friend.

Thanks for sharing.

Rosina S Khan on July 02, 2020:

Thank you, Manatita, for sharing wonderful poetry. The last verse in "The Magnificient Plateau" and the fifth verse in "Revelations" intrigued me a lot.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 01, 2020:

There are some beautiful phrases and images in your poems. I love the idea of the "symphony of the wind". Thank you for creating another kind and interesting tribute.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 01, 2020:

Shauna is my virtual/online sister. As one might expect, we don't always agree on everything, but I know I can rely on her to keep me straight, and I can always call on her (literally) if I need someone to talk to. Thank you for creating this wonderful, loving article for her.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 01, 2020:

Pamela, glad to see you always. Thank you so much!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 01, 2020:

The poetry is beautiful as usual. Shauna is so sweet and I am glad you chose her today.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 01, 2020:

Well, Ruby,

You're not bad yourself. Write another one! Thanks so much for coming. Peace.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 01, 2020:

I am a nature lover and I love your poetry. Shauna is so very deserving. I enjoy her stories, esp. her paranormal which Is not easy.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 01, 2020:

Thank you, Mary.

Write more! You have a couple of great articles recently. Much Love.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 01, 2020:

I am enjoying Nature these days that I am in the cottage. Just watching the birds and being on the water makes me calm and content. This poem is a beautiful tribute to Shauna.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 01, 2020:

No, my sweet Sha,

I didn't know, but a 'sweet' accident. This poem is a spontaneous piece from a Microsoft beauty. It comes on when my computer re-starts, but disappears after I insert the password.

I use aquamarine in quite a few poems to reflect the colour of the sea, ocean and in this case ravine/river as I see it. I feel it enhances my aesthetic feel! I'm so glad you like it! Someone told me - two people - that lavender is their favourite flower. I was hoping you might be one of them!

Yes, I know you love nature. You, Linda L for sure, Bill, Eric, Ann, Chris ... in fact many of us here! Gratitude for coming here and an excellent contribution! Stay well.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 01, 2020:

Speaking of the ... i hate that word ... empress, she's here, John. Yeeee!! John, 'nuff respect for your constant support. See you soon.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 01, 2020:

Manatita this comes as such a wonderful surprise! You know how I love nature and that my spirituality is sparked by the wonder that she creates.

When I see the sun's rays stretching through the trees, I find myself saying hello to God. It's then that I truly see Him.

On a side note, you mention aquamarine in the first poem. Aquamarine is my birthstone. Did you know that?

The 4th of July flowers made me smile. Purple is my favorite color.

All of the photos you chose speak to me as do your words. You've captured my spiritual essence perfectly.

Thank you so much for thinking of me and putting a smile in my heart. Thank you also for your friendship and understanding, Lantern Carrier!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on July 01, 2020:

Beautiful words and images, manatita fitting tribute to my dear friend Shauna who is a true nature lover So will adore this.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 01, 2020:

Isn't it, Bro Eric? A beautiful day indeed!! Thank you so much!!


Thank you, my esteemed Friend. Yes ... that's an honour for me, for I'm using words in a sublime way to express the Higher Presence. You know that.

Ninety five percent of the time, if not more, this is what I'm trying to do ... to bring down or manifest a Higher Consciousness. The Christ was my first Love, now He is up there with the elder sons of the Absolute and here on earth also. Peace.

Lorna Lamon on July 01, 2020:

An evocative sonnet lauding the spiritual connection to the miracle of nature. 'Revelations' and in particular the last line spoke to me of Christ and his ever-present spirit.

Beautifully written Manatita and a lovely tribute to Shauna.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 01, 2020:

Delightful work here Manatita. A day in nature is always a great day.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 01, 2020:

Thanks Bill,

Highly appreciated.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 01, 2020:

A salute to one of my oldest friends on HP, a gem of a human being, and as loyal a follower as any I have. Sha is my cheerleader, and will always have a special place in my heart.

Love to you both

manatita44 (author) from london on July 01, 2020:

Gratitude to you, Maurice. Appreciated!


She's a great writer indeed! Thank you for the fine sentiment!

Ann Carr from SW England on July 01, 2020:

Another beautiful sonnet. Great tribute.

Shauna is such a good writer and always leaves such lovely comments.


Maurice Glaude from Mobile, AL on July 01, 2020:

I can find much emotional expression in nature.

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