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The Sacred Wind. Response to Ann Carr's Challenge


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

Ann's Challenge

Ann Carr, my favourite English writer and hubber, has said that she was inspired by Patricia Scott’s words, expressing her thoughts on poetry thus:

"a way to see around the corners and over the hills and under the seas and through the wind". – Patricia Scott.

This inspired Ann to come up with some truly exquisite pieces … to find the time to issue a challenge of her own as well. See her Hub link below. Challenge --

Ann Carr: “Choose one (or more) of the four criteria above (See her hub link below) and write about it - poem or prose. You have my permission to use any of the above photos, should you wish, as long as it is for this sole purpose and that you attribute them to me please. Of course, you could use any pertinent inspirational photos of your own choosing.”

Let me know if you do take up the challenge, then I can add your link to this hub.

Have fun!


The Sacred Wind. A free-style Sonnet

Whispering to the willows; drawing her breath

From the Light of ancient gods, she creates

Music, feeding and nourishing my soul.

I drift, like a cordless kite, on the red threads of

my memories, dancing with the melody of her storms.

I hear them sighing -- white daisies and verdant foliage,

Yielding to the wind, yet knowing that this too, will pass.

Light zephyrs are only a hair’s breath away; the vast sky

Will open, the sun will peep through, scattering its rays;

Heralding a cascade of lushness; of sprightly squirrels

To the barn. The malleable branches, recovering their verdure,

Will make merry as the starlings return with vivacity.

We'll all waltz and rejoice, like a ballerina -- ethereal,

Graceful as the swan; chanting praises to the glories of Creation.

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


Ann’s Hub: https://letterpile.com/poetry/Around-the-Corners-Poetry-Inspired-by-Patricia-Scotts-Words

Responses to the challenge:

https://hubpages.com/literature/What-Waits-Around-the-Corner-a-Writing-Challenge - John Hansen

https://hubpages.com/literature/An-Ode-to-Opacity - Greg Cain

https://hubpages.com/literature/below-the-waves - Charlie Halliday

https://hubpages.com/literature/The-Inland-Seas-A-Poem - Chris Mills

The wind

© 2020 manatita44


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

So sweet, Devika, so sweet. Thank you so much!!

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

Great idea to write about something so sweet. You challenge writing in your way and show us the best.

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

Lol. Thanks Peggy.

Perhaps It's because I have read so much from a fine writer such as you are. I like the cordless kite image, stolen from the heart of a childlike kid called Kingsley (Me), who used to fly kites ... and now used with varying embellishments. Haha. Much gratitude.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 02, 2020:

Your response to Ann Carr's challenge and the words inspired by Patricia Scott was terrific! My favorite line is the following: "I drift, like a cordless kite, on the red threads of my memories..." Beautiful!

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

Yes, I echo your sentiments, Ji. I believe Vit D helps, but you are in a hot country. Selenium, zinc and a good immune booster supplement as well as Vit C, 1Gram three times a day, if symptoms occur can be very useful. Lots of fluid and exercise, even just walking will assist to keep the body healthy. I will keep you in my prayers. Much love.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on June 02, 2020:

That's nice of you, Bro.

The lockdown restrictions have been eased to some extent. But, what worries is the growing numbers of positive cases and deaths. Now in India, the total cases recorded are around 1,95,000 and the casualties roughly nearing 6,000 (though some 95,000 have been discharged out of that total cases).

These figures are enough for my worry. Then, think about the figures in the USA. Very shocking, it is, to me.

I pray to God to be merciful to our humanity and save them.

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

Ah, thank you Ji.

How are you? Are things improving in this current world situation with you there? Love to the family.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on June 01, 2020:

A beautiful poem, Manatita, creating a wonderful scenery of the blowing winds and the dancing trees.

And, the last two lines are superb, instilling a wonderful experience inside my soul.

Blessings, Bro.

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

Hello Pamela. Thank you so much!!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 01, 2020:

I really liked the sonnet about the wind. It is beautiful.I am glad you wrote a challenge to Ann's challenge. She is one of my favorite English authors also.

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


So very kind, so kind ... you guys are very sweet. Gratitude ... much!

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

What can I say, other than, I loved your sonnet. I could almost feel the wind blowing my hair as I traveled with the wind. Beautiful!

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

You look awesome! Happy Birthday!! Have another few great ones too, by His Grace. Much Love.

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

Manatita, this isn't a new look. It's the current look, taken on my birthday this year. My other profile pic was taken in 2014. I figured it was time to update.

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

Well, thank you my Dear Sha,

New look? Haha. Hope you are doing well. Remain cheerful.

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

Manatita, this is beautiful. I read it twice in order to really hear it speak. I'm so glad you chose the wind as your topic. I've always loved the wind. I rode the breeze with your words and felt the sun burst through with light and love.

Excellent response to Ann's challenge!

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

Thank you so much, Rinita. Glad I have used your favourite words. Much love.

Rinita Sen on June 01, 2020:

This poem has all my favorite words. I'm rejoicing in the imagery of the lush greens as I type. Excellent response.

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

Ah John,

from one Bard to another. What more do I need? Gratitude, Bro.

Hi Eric,

So happy for you! Now you can definitely beat this thing! Sweet chuckle. Have a great day, Bro.

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

Beautifully done. Your wind just carried me away to a sweet spot.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 01, 2020:

I like sonnets, manatita, and this one is a beautiful one. A good response to Ann's challenge.

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

Thanks Ann. A true mariner at heart. All's good.


good to see you so early. Hope your next Chapter is coming along nicely. Much Love.

Rosina S Khan on June 01, 2020:

Good job with Ann's challenge. Great creativity within the sonnet on Sacred Wind. Truly appreciated, Manatita.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 01, 2020:

I hope you didn't think I was implying that 'Zephyrs' was not correct! I was referring to the direction. Yes, I love the sea; it's always been in my blood and both sides of my family have naval connections.

Enjoy your day!


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

Funny to hear that you love starlings too. I wrote many observational poems in Africa and some include starlings. The specie there is different and quite popular. They sang and jumped about on the foliage above the terrace where I sat, every morning.

Zephyrs are more often used as 'light winds' and appear a lot in romantic poetry. It is in this sense that I generally use the word. A 'soothing light wind or winds.'

Living by the sea is quite therapeutic and soothing to the soul. I was born in a village, but grew up in the largest city, very close to the sea. I learnt to swim by being crazy. I would jump of the pier/jetty, into the deep and doggie-paddle to the flotilla tires, tied to docking vessels. Haha. Risky business.

This is a lovely write this morning and the first one too. Thank you so much!!

P.S I have changed to 'light zephyrs', but it was initially implied, unless I'm getting old. Haha.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 01, 2020:

Thank you for responding so eloquently to my challenge.

You've captured the essence of the 'whispering' wind and the idea that it can pave the way for brighter skies and birds (I love starlings, so funny).

I have answered 'other' in your poll, as we have lots of strong west winds (Zephyrs) off the sea here and sometimes they rattle the roof a little too much! A breeze is beautiful, a wind which plays rough with the trees is magnificent, but anything stronger makes me restless and nervous. I should be used to it by now, having nearly always lived by the sea!

It's true that the wind actually moves the soul. Your response lifts the spirits too!


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