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The Many Ways of Love. Thursday Homily for the Devout 13. A Soulful Offering To The Esteemed Writer Linda Crampton


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

Wisdom From The Master

"Do not try to approach God with your thinking mind. It may only stimulate your intellectual ideas, activities, and beliefs. Try to approach God with your crying heart. It will awaken your soulful, spiritual consciousness." -Sri Chinmoy

"Be universal in your love. You will see the universe to be the picture of your own being." -Sri Chinmoy

Two meta-physically charming and one reflective poem, as you like it, Linda C


Hush, Sweet Melody

Hush, sweet Melody, stay hold Thy tongue,

For this receptive Love, knows more than a

Thousand ways to listen. Each night’s flicker, has

Struggled against a hundred winds, but now its

Flame burns brightly, more than enough to see Thy face.

The old mind is gone, even if it took ten thousand

Sparkles, to align with shooting stars. My Heart’s

Pangs, has filled a million chalices with tear-drops,

Only to kiss the scent of Thy cute cheeks.

Hush, sweet Melody, for the song-birds symphony,

Is now a ceaseless rhapsody in my core.

Deep into the orchard of tulips and peach blossoms,

Your sweet breath, my bedazzling Light; Thy lips

The jewel, of unspoken Delight.

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


A Chimera of Self-Created Shadows

I once lived on the wings of tomorrow,

Lost in the quagmire of my own illusions.

Love placed its sweet thorns on my experiences,

As roses smiled on the dawn of each new birth.

Planning, planning, yet all my visionary dreams,

Were all but echoes on the Light of Knowledge.

As the Master Alchemist, taught in no uncertain way,

Of only the sacrament of the present moment.

I pulled at the strands of outer opulence, until my

Mind snapped. Alas! I’m now deranged as the sun sets,

The Beloved carries me, in my hour of sorrow. I tried to live

In the future, not seeing the beauty of each treasured moment.

I was caught instead, like an entangled cloud,

In a deep chimera of grasping, at self-created shadows.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 20th February, 2020


Whispering Rhythms to The Unknowable

Blind for millennia, I stood at the gates of Love

And cried incessantly. My tears became a raiment

For the Beloved, hindering Her escape, from the

Folds of my Being. She smiled alluringly, like

Someone wanting to be caught, entering my Heart

With Her beauty. Now the burning flames of hunger

I sent out, weeping from my soul, are all victorious.

All where, the Bird of Light proclaims my victory!

The bright flames of my supernal silence awakes;

Processions dance within the jubilant streets of

My tavern. Behold! The golden silhouette of

Her Majesty appears, bedecked in fire. Her scented

Robes, spreads their celestial mantle, on the crown of

My Spirit, whispering rhythms to the Unknowable.

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


Love and its ways

© 2020 manatita44


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

So Sweet … so sweet Peggy. You're on a roll here. Much Gratitude.

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

Linda keeps us informed about important topics and you keep us inspired. You are both assets to the rest of us on HubPages. Blessings to you both!

manatita44 (author) from london on February 28, 2020:

Good for you Mary. Grace is all in all and comes directly from the Heart ... from God Itself. So happy for you!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 28, 2020:

It's beautiful, so fitting for Linda. Though I must admit, I have for so long lived in my mind and my restlessness continued. Today, I am learning to live in grace, letting the inner spirit guide me.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 28, 2020:

Ah, Linda.

You melt my heart. So glad you like it. It is an honour for me to dedicate this hub, to such a good heart and fine writer like you. Glory be!


So sweet, so sweet … appreciations.


Accepting your great wishes to us both and your appreciation of my poetry. Much Love.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 28, 2020:

A wonderful friendship with Linda. Good health and happiness to you and Linda. Your writing is pure and so true in these great words of expression.

Rosina S Khan on February 27, 2020:

Your poems show three sparkling ways of love. I appreciate them so much. Best wishes to Linda. Thank you for your contribution, Manatita.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 27, 2020:

Your poems are beautiful, Manatita. I love them! I am deeply honoured by this article and your kindness. Thank you so much!

manatita44 (author) from london on February 27, 2020:

Yes, Lorna. A brilliant writer she is … a great and charming poetess you are, as well as a great complement for us two. Gratitude.


You should not be far off. Your devotion to God is admirable! True, language was my best subject at school and poetry I did home in the Caribbean. Still, the esoteric poetry I inherited from 38 years of spiritual practices and service to others.

Although you seem to be doing well, please feel free to write on sad days or despairing times. One tool I use I call 'acceptance.' Knowing that the tides goes both ways and that the 'ups' will return helps.

Let this be accompanied by an intense and unwavering Faith … a submission to the Will of the Supreme … acting in harmony with His Consciousness. We call this Devotion.

Always happy to read your work. Much Peace.

Donna Rayne from Greenwood, Indiana on February 27, 2020:

Oh, how I was engulfed by your sweet melodies of the love that is known to many and some may wish to find it and some do... I loved your poems and you did very well...


Donna Rayne

Lorna Lamon on February 27, 2020:

There are indeed many ways to love and you have given us three beautiful examples Manatita. A lovely tribute to Linda who is a wonderful and talented writer.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 27, 2020:

Thanks Bill.

Always a joy to see you. Appreciated.


Yes, Linda C is an awesome writer and one most certainly worth following. Peace.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 27, 2020:

Thank you so much, Pamela. Your sweet sentiment is noted with joy. Appreciated.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 27, 2020:

Ah Ruby,

A very sweet thing to say. With God's Grace, one day many of my works will be remembered. I hope to focus on my book soon. Thank you for your appreciations.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 27, 2020:

This poetry is lovely, Manatita.You are a talented poet. Best wishes to Linda. God bless you, Manatita.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 27, 2020:

Best wishes to Linda. I am amazed that you are able to write such beautiful poetry day after day. You surely are blessed.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 27, 2020:

Haha Verlie.

I'm always on fire! I write like 6-8 poems like this a week! Grace alone! Nothing else is responsible.

Thank you for blessing me with Lord Surya's radiance. Now I can draw even more energy from him


Verlie Burroughs from Canada on February 27, 2020:

Beautiful Manatita. You are on fire! What's left to say? Linda is indeed an inspiration, and so are you.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 27, 2020:

I concur completely! Best wishes to Linda...best wishes to you, Manatita, and thank you to both for your friendship.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 27, 2020:

Another wonderful piece Manatita. I went right away to follow her. Thanks.

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