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The Paradox of Struggle. A Sonnet Dedication to Frank Atanacio, A Great Writer


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

I watch in awe, as the woman struggles,

Face contorted; beads of sweat pouring down her fragile frame.

Eyes shut painfully tight from forcing; flushed with pain.

“Push!” The midwife shouts, “Push!” I drift away …

I am reminded of the journey of the Soul.

Not unlike this woman’s.

As It struggles against darkness and ignorance,

Pleasure and pain, as the Inner Midwife calls: “Come! Come! “

Startled, I hear a cry as the new-born babe burst forth;

Its mothers heart, a paragon of Joy unparalleled.

So too my Soul, wrapped in the cocoon of a trillion rhapsodies,

Dances in the radiance of one thousand flares,

Unravelling its isolation, in rays of golden sunbeams,

Crying with the Delight, of a new awakening.

~ Awakening The Inner Light~


© 2016 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on June 30, 2016:

This, to me anyway, is my most beautiful and also my most popular poem. I've done a video with it: https://youtu.be/fMeMbC7zy54?t=21 3 1/2 mins long.

I really like this one though, another metaphorical poem, depicting the life of struggle followed by the joy of the woman, as is the Soul which finally merges in God. Much Love, my sweet.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 30, 2016:

Manatita, I think this is the most beautiful poem you've written yet. Frank must be so honored!

manatita44 on June 19, 2016:

Thanks Deb, speaks of the Higher Truth and is much deeper, yes. Much Love.

manatita44 on June 19, 2016:

Yes, yes... borne from the fruit of experience. Thanks Deb.

Deb Hirt on June 18, 2016:

To me, this is a transition, which could encompass many things. It is much deeper than the both of a being, it is an awakening from one state of being to another.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 18, 2016:

Thank you, my Brother. You came. Appreciated.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on June 18, 2016:

What would freedom be without the struggle except simply a different norm, or the struggle without the hope of freedom except a cruel joke? I loved this one. Very insightful.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 09, 2016:

Indeed Gypsy. You are so right!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 09, 2016:

Frank is truly a great writer and deserving of this wonderful tribute.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 08, 2016:

Thank you so much, Bill. Appreciated.

BlossomSB, Namaste! From struggle comes joy indeed! Much Love.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on June 08, 2016:

Such a lovely tribute - from the depths of pain and trial comes deep joy.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 08, 2016:

One excellent writer pays tribute to another. We need more of this on HP. Thank you, Manatita, and thank you, Frank, for raising the bar in your respective genres.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 08, 2016:

Thank you so much my Sweet Dee. You know of the pains, eh? (chuckle)

A great compliment indeed!!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 08, 2016:

There's not a feminine heart (mother or not) who will read this poem without exhaling. I bet the men understand it too. Simply great!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 08, 2016:

Yes, yes, Brother Rajan. Interesting, Eh? Thank you so much!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 07, 2016:

Awesome poem Bro. There is new awakening in both the cases, and how similar these two are in their end result, though headed in opposite directions.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 07, 2016:

To Eric: Thank you; thank you, Brother Eric. Glad to be of service.

Venkatachari: Excellent!! You got my main message. I was metaphorically speaking.

Ruby, thank you so much. I do these sometimes, like the journey of the boat compared to that of the Soul, tossing and turning on the tides of life.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 07, 2016:

I must say that this is a favorite, depicting birth and struggling so beautifully. Frank is special, his writing keeps one glued to his seat..

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on June 07, 2016:

Wonderful sonnet. The comparison of child's journey from mother's womb into the world with the soul's journey of ignorance to light or self-transcendence is beautiful.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 07, 2016:

What great memories you bring to mind of my four children. Tears of joy.

Thank you.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 07, 2016:

Thank you so much Frank. Great to see you again. Much Love.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 07, 2016:

I agree with shanmarie, you paint the birth wonderfully with words bless you bro..:)

manatita44 (author) from london on June 07, 2016:

Thanks Shanmarie. Good to see you. I'm really not describing childbirth. I'll be much more vivid (smile). The poem is metaphorical and starts changing at the end of the fourth line: 'I drift away ...'

Good to have differing views though. Have another look. Thanks a lot, my Dear. Best wishes.

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 07, 2016:

I like both the title and the poll you included because they add a new dimension to your poem other than simply describing childbirth. Very thought-provoking.

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