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The Sad Face of Conflict and War


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


Mistakes, A Free Verse Sonnet

You drift on my memories, like turbulent deeds,

Treading on my ego with piercing heels.

I feel squashed between remorse and infamy,

Trapped by my self-confessed assurance,

Self-esteem falling off my dignity, with ten feet dives.

I sit and ponder, lamenting my past mistakes,

Insecurity and unworthiness my solemn friends.

Gone is the air of self-importance, the arrogant smirk.

Instead I pray that potential obstacles be averted;

Dishonour and disgrace, remain the strangers I once knew.

Funny thing, this comedy of errors! This teacher in retrospect!

I was so self-sufficient, so assured of my capacity;

Now I’m left to deal with the pain in my heart,

My tears spewing in prayer to the sacred moon.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier, 16th November, 2018

*Awakening The Inner Light*


Wisdom of Sri Chinmoy

"Man invents war. Man discovers peace.
He invents war from without.
He discovers peace from within.
War man throws. Peace man sows.
The smile of war is the flood of human blood.
The smile of peace is the love, below, above." -Sri Chinmoy


Introduction to the Second Poem

I have taken a poem I wrote 4 years ago and added some more, for Memorial/Armistice Day. I was asked to write it for a Council Programme. When I read the first half 4 years ago, I was called the Bard of Solace. The Emcee said it was an excellent poem, but felt no solace in it.

Soon after, I combined lantern with carrier, as I wanted a term that fitted the messages of my poetry. I was helped by an online friend. Good, bad or dark, I feel that my work all carry Light, illumine, awaken, inspire the Heart ... hence the name Lantern Carrier. Share your thoughts about this poem freely and openly.

The Sad Face of War

Albena peeped through the cracks

Of the demolished ruins around her.

It was the fifth day and she was still alive.

Grateful for the tiny speck of light

Still peeping through the clouds,

She lifted up her Soul and offered it to God.

Blankness … then hope, as she awoke

While moving through the ether.

As if from far away,

Distant voices were issuing orders;

The familiar sound of a siren could be heard.

Slowly her fingers brushed past the oxygen

Tubing, which ran across her emaciated frame;

The lines that hurt her veins. She was in intense pain.

She had not known food or water for many days!

Cold, distraught; tearful and broken by injustice,

She began to ‘Deva Vu’ of the destructive demons,

Dropping from the sky.

“Why?” whispered the young girl questioningly.

No sound came, no answers. Only a mad rush

To get her help. Before she went under,

One simple question pierced her innocent

Heart: “Where has Love gone?”


Médecins Sans Frontiers,

Raced across the intense devastation,

To a ‘make shift’ hospital not so far away.

Everywhere was carnage …conflict.

They were used to dealing with the effects of

Battle, but angry that callous souls, dining on

Greed, caviar and opulence, had no interest

In addressing the roots of war.

Spreading their poisonous tentacles of power,

These faceless souls hid behind murky mirrors --

Dark heavy blotches, on the very hearts necessary,

To pay obeisance to the laws of mercy and compassion.

Amidst all this, Albena cried out to the Unknown,

One of many innocent children, going through extreme

Suffering, when those capable of saying something

On their behalf, remained indifferent to their concerns.

War, the outer effects of greed, fear and insecurity, that man,

From time immemorial, has been too cold or complacent to surmount.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 11th November, 2018.

- Awakening the Light within -

Wisdom From Sri Chinmoy

"War forgets peace. Peace forgives war.
War is the death of the life human. Peace is the birth of the Life Divine.
Our vital passions want war.
Our psychic emotions desire peace.
War is clear futility in dire spear-stupidity.
Peace is flowing infinity in glowing eternity." -Sri Chinmoy

The necessity of war

© 2018 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on December 09, 2018:

Thanks Ann.

It might have been Ioannis who wrote a piece which showed us looking back in some years: 30, 40, 50? Wondering why we were so cruel.

Yes, good men die and innocents also. Still, today is a great Sunday. Much Love to you and yours.

Ann Carr from SW England on December 09, 2018:

We are left asking 'Why?' All those memorials erected 'Lest we Forget' but still we fight. Where there is greed and avarice there will be war. Where there is love there will be help and understanding. All we can do is practise that and pray for it.


manatita44 (author) from london on November 25, 2018:

Thanks Peggy

A thorough answer. Sometimes situations occur and are not straightforward. No blame here. If we can learn something from these sad kind of experiences then we are doing well

Thank you so much!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 25, 2018:

These are very thought-provoking poems. War is horrific for everyone involved. Sometimes one has to take a stand to protect the innocent which is why I could not single out just one answer to your poll. I am thinking of instances like the Holocaust where many nations stepped in to stop the carnage. Right now we have so many people dying in Yemen. I pray that peaceful times lie ahead.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 19, 2018:

Thank you Linda C.

For noticing the contrast and commenting on both my poems. Appreciations.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 18, 2018:

These are different types of poems from your usual ones, but they are powerful and thought provoking, especially the second one. Thank you for sharing them.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 18, 2018:


You have stuck your neck out, so too speak. Few people say this to me. I treasure you saying that I'm a great poet. I'm a Godlover, but yes, I write for my poetry - God's Grace - to be remembered like that of others, in 50, 60, 500 years! Much Love, Miz. Have a great Sunday!

Mary, yes, yes. My Love again ...my Love again. You will hurt some. Grief is beautiful! All my Love to you and your dear one in Heaven. I used his voice to send you the first poem in your dedication. Peace.


Yes, yes. Never easy. You and I, we are doing our part. One can always do more, of course. Continue, continue. Have a blessed day.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on November 18, 2018:

Manatita, the war poem is a sad, but true, commentary on mankind. After we become fully fifth dimensional, we will see that we have no need for war. We carry the light to bring about that day. You are a great poet

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 18, 2018:

No more war is what I pray for and hope. Enough to selfishness. The struggle is in each of us and choosing peace each day helps.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 18, 2018:

Sad face, indeed! Albena's story, well told, creates a sickening feeling, and still that does not help her suffering. There seems to be no end. Your poem makes the reality hit home and makes us want to strive for something better.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 17, 2018:

Greetings Linda L.

Happy Saturday. I have to be careful I don't say Sunday this time. Lol. I get disorientated. Anyway, since you wanted to see this or ask me to post it, (something like that) here it is.

You are mostly right, of course and I alluded to this. Still, we cannot isolate these people. They come from the same society, and we consciously or unconsciously give consent. Yogi's say we generally get what we deserve.

To take it into the spiritual realm, however, my last couplet becomes very meaningful. I'm saying that the problem begins in all hearts and to an extent we are all responsible ... we all have to struggle with the enemy within.

"War, the outer effects of a deep inner struggle,

That man from time immemorial, has laboured to surmount."

Finally, funny thing this spiritual life. One gets the feeling from Guruji's teachings that from the spiritual standpoint, wars should not happen, but again he teaches that whatever happens in Divine Providence, is either approved, sanctioned or tolerated by the Supreme. Paradoxical? Truth rarely isn't and yet is very precise. This Divine mystery is no joke. Ha ha.

We know, however, in Yoga and the scriptures, of course, that the enemies are: Greed, attachments, anger/wrath, lust/passion, ego/vanity/pride and their by-products of fear, guilt, insecurity, jealousy and so forth, all lying in the hearts of All God's children. Interesting? Chuckle. A lot yet to learn. Enjoy, my Sweet.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 17, 2018:

The callous souls of old men luxuriate in their land grabs, untouched by the ravages of war while the innocents suffer. Wars will never cease until those withered hearts find peace within.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 17, 2018:

Thank you, my Brother.

More thanks for the exquisitely beautiful Hub. God bless your family this weekend

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on November 17, 2018:

Indeed, my dear Brother and teacher, to stop the carnage we have to end the War within! Love can do this! I am so grateful for the Love you bring to this world!

Love and Peace to All!


manatita44 (author) from london on November 17, 2018:


Love indeed! What a treasure in times of trouble. Higher blessings this weekend.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 17, 2018:

I am always pondering darkness and light, in others, in myself, in life...endless questions with endless answers....and, in the end, there is love rising above it all.

Peace and love to you always, my friend.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 17, 2018:


Food for thought. Pondering darkness and Light indeed!! Thank you so much!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 17, 2018:

Wonderfully done. It reminded my of Yin and Yang, though I believe in the complimentary meaning - still one might argue darkness and light.

Beautiful with so much to ponder.

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