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

Updated on November 3, 2017
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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~


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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from london

    This, to me anyway, is my most beautiful and also my most popular poem. I've done a video with it: 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.

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    4 years ago from Central Florida

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

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    4 years ago

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

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    4 years ago

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

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    Deb Hirt 

    4 years ago

    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.

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    4 years ago from london

    Thank you, my Brother. You came. Appreciated.

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    Chris Mills 

    4 years ago from Traverse City, MI

    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.

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    4 years ago from london

    Indeed Gypsy. You are so right!

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 

    4 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

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

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    4 years ago from london

    Thank you so much, Bill. Appreciated.

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

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    Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

    4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

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

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    Bill Holland 

    4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    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.

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    4 years ago from london

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

    A great compliment indeed!!

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    Dora Weithers 

    4 years ago from The Caribbean

    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!

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    4 years ago from london

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

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

    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.

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    4 years ago from london

    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.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    4 years ago from Southern Illinois

    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..

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    Venkatachari M 

    4 years ago from Hyderabad, India

    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.

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    Eric Dierker 

    4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

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

    Thank you.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from london

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

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    Frank Atanacio 

    4 years ago from Shelton

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

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from london

    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.

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    Shannon Henry 

    4 years ago from Texas

    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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