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The Perched Bird. A Creative offering to John Hansen (Jodah)


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

A Free-style Sonnet. The above picture was inspired by John Hansen's 'Poems from the Porch' 16

Perched on the sacred branch of Love,

Her yellow weaves into the pageantry of

Colours, dancing in the stratosphere.

The skyline silhouette, like the grandeur of the soul,

Lights up with an untold magnificence … a poise,

Reminiscent of the sitting song-bird, nestling in the

Serenity of silence. She blends well with the shades

Of leaves and blossoms, shooting from the branch.

Head tilted with an ethereal gaze, her white and sky-blue

Crest, merges into a kaleidoscope of beauty, that stuns my Heart.

It is spring and a shimmer of rays, glitter from the background.

The song-bearer holds my gaze as I stare … a sweetness

Pouring into my core. I envisage the charm of rainbows,

Emerging from the heavens, as my soul whispers, to the Light.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 2nd January, 2019


"The beauty of birds are unfathomable.

They have a way, like magic, which is endearing to the Heart.

Their main strength lies in freedom,

Which is no less than the quintessence of the soul." -Manatita

Nature Lovers

© 2020 manatita44


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

Thanks Ann.

Five weeks! Missed this!


Thank you, Peggy. One of the easier ones for me. Haha.

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

John's Poems from the Porch are so enjoyable to read. This one about birds and freedom and light is beautiful.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 23, 2020:

I'm in and out at the moment, depending. Not back to writing yet though. Appreciate your support.


manatita44 (author) from london on January 23, 2020:

Thank you, Ann.

You're back? I know how hard it can be, for mothers and family. You have my love. Appreciate your kind sentiment. Peace.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 23, 2020:

I love the birds. We have plenty in the trees close to our house.

Lovely rhymes regarding this one.


manatita44 (author) from london on January 14, 2020:

Ah, thank you, Donna.

A lively sentiment

Donna Rayne from Greenwood, Indiana on January 14, 2020:

Beautifully written, I enjoyed it very much!

manatita44 (author) from london on January 05, 2020:

Yes, my Brother.

These are powerful words. God is Love and Love is synonymous with Light. Praise be!!

You show an incredible appreciation of my work. Keep doing this. It is such a sacred way to serve the Divinity of Creation! Glory be!!

Yes, my Didiji.

Birds are a symbol of the soul in flight. They were a sweet delight to me in Kenya, singing and dancing among the foliages, perched on beautiful green just above the terrace of the YMCA restaurant. Gratitude.

How are you, my beautiful Li- Jen? Thank you so much and very grateful for your presence.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 05, 2020:

A wonderful tribute to a brilliant poet. Loved your poem and the bird is so charming.

I do love to watch the birds every day, hopping on from one plant to another, in front of my home. And, perhaps they have also become used to seeing me, every morning.

Appreciations to both of you, John and Manatita and a very Happy New Year.

Thanks for sharing.

Li-Jen Hew on January 05, 2020:

Manatita, I like how you make the song-bearer and the surrounding nature into one beautiful painting. This is indeed a creative offering, with the expression of admiration for nature. It is a fitting tribute to Jodah. The poem is an appreciation towards the poem from the porch series. Thanks for sharing.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on January 05, 2020:

My beautiful brother, Manatita, you know, of course, that white light though it seems like one, is infinite colours bond together! What an exceptional allegory God has included in Light, for His creation! Infinite diversity which creates the One, One who creates infinite diversity! You and John are different colours, but you both create magic under the same White! John is more like a rainbow, that's why I call him a Rainbow poet, but I feel you more as a beautiful bright orange! Thank you for your colours of Love!

We all are Australia!


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

Ah Lorna, thank you so much.

I visit you a lot, even today, but you seem to be taking a rest, eh? Extended Christmas? Lol.

Lorna Lamon on January 03, 2020:

John is a wonderful poet and this beautiful sonnet is the perfect tribute.

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

Morning Linda C,

Glad you like the bird. Enjoy! Much Peace.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 02, 2020:

This a lovely poem about a beautiful bird. Thank you for sharing it, Manatita.

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

Thank You, Lori.

Appreciate seeing you here. Higher blessings from the Lord


We do this as some are still in the animal consciousness from which we came. The darkness always loose eventually. Thank you so much!!

Shaloo Walia from India on January 02, 2020:

Indeed, their main strength lies in freedom. Wish we would stop putting them in cages!

Lori Colbo from United States on January 02, 2020:

Very beautiful.

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

Thank You.

Best wishes to you too, my Brother. Vayas con dios.

Michael Milec on January 02, 2020:

Greetings hags and love, brother ; so much as all the blessings in the days of 2020.

( PS hope someone already pointed on your 2019)

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

Brenda that's very Sweet.

I usually do them with an intuitive feel, but I loved this picture. Birds are also dear to the mystics. Thank you for such a beautiful sentiment!

Ah, Dee.

Thank you so much! It is a new Year and we need lovely pieces! Praise be!

Hi Ruby,

Your card opened all right. I thought you said that mines didn't open. So many of you said very nice things to me. Some cards are slower to open, but they finally do. That's what I was saying. You're so kind, so kind. Much Love.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 02, 2020:

This is very beautiful, perhaps my favorite. I'm sorry my card didn't open for you, I've had that problem too.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 02, 2020:

Perfectly colorful and descriptive. John deserves this beautiful tribute. You' have such a caring heart.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 02, 2020:


You have done an awesome job on writing this poem.

I am amazed you wrote this from John's picture.

You painted a picture in my mind so peaceful and full of beauty.

Excellent write.

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

Ah, Sha.

You have survived the holiday extravaganza. Awesome! Don't work too hard. Much Peace for 2020 and always ...

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 02, 2020:

Beautiful poetry, Manatita. It's nice of you to honor John. He deserves it!

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

Thank you, Linda. Not too long for weekend. Any plans? Enjoy it though. Peace.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 02, 2020:

John is a master wordsmith and one who appreciates the beauty of the world we have been given. You and he open our eyes to the wonders of nature,

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

Didn't you wish to see your own offering?

Anyway, thank you so much, my Dear. Are you well? Happy New Year!

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on January 02, 2020:

What a beautiful tribute to John and to birds, Manatita.

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

Ah, thank you John,

That is an awesome image! Gratitude!


I know what you mean. There is beauty in all things. One of the best pieces I have read from Sri Chinmoy is called Joy in Surrender. In this piece, Guruji is saying, that seen with the Light of God, even the trees, cars, bricks and walls … everything is filled with beauty.

Yes, go ahead, put your piece on Letterpile. I wish to support you more, but I struggle with the biblical pieces. Much Love.

Rosina, watch this space.

Love to you and family and thank you for your sentiments to John and I.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 02, 2020:

I am glad you were inspired by the image used in my latest poems from the porch, manatita. Excellent work and thank you for the tribute.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on January 02, 2020:

I could never get into Shakespeare nor any other sonnet writers for I could not find a rhythm them. Nor could I USUALLY get into any other non-rhyming poetry although I have one or two on my website. One is entitled "Lost From Reality" and I believe I'll put it on LetterPile.

Rosina S Khan on January 02, 2020:

In this hub, you offer a colorful bird to John, the genius poet amidst a play of colors in the environment and the sky, which makes it a beautiful sonnet. Thank you for your creative tribute to such a talented poet in the HubPages.com community, Manatita.

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

Ah, so Sweet Bill.

Thanks a lot, Bro. Blessings to the family.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 02, 2020:

May She always rain beauty down upon us,and may John's words always be a tranquil place for us all to escape. Blessings to you both.

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

Gratitude as always and I do believe you are one of those who replied to my cards with words of beauty. I bow to your goodness.

Sonnets are essentially of three styles, depending whom you read.

1. Shakespearean

2. Spensarean

3. Petrachan

A free-style Sonnet is none of these, but a poem of 14 lines - like a Sonnet - expressing the work in a creative way.

All works have a metre … a beat of sorts. Some experts agree on this. I have explained the Shakespearean Sonnet before. You will find them elsewhere. Look for Incantations to Love.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on January 02, 2020:

Other than being "Sonnets" they were magnificent works, Brother Mamatita. Sonnets doesn't seem to have a rhythm to them, there're like reading prose, but your descriptions are beautifully presented.

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