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The Spirit of my Mother. Monday's Inspiration 85


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

Quotes from Manatita

"Angelic in smiles; sacrifice in her Heart and selflessness in her soul of beauty." - Manatita

my mother

my mother

The Spirit of my Mother

Today she wore no masks, just natural

Beauty, spinning, spinning from a Heart

Of towering Love. I washed her hair, those

Grey strands reminding me of the silvery moon;

Of endurance, fortitude; of the many years of struggle.

Her eyes, the seat of the soul, spoke of an

Empress of great resilience, concern and self-

Giving, amidst almost impossible odds.

The glazed stain of the cataracts was still there,

Memories of a dark wine called diabetes that attacked

Her brain; her Islets of Langerhans, made her legs

Like dark clouds, reeling from the ails of neuropathy.

I washed her face, her sturdy hands and neck.

They showed signs of a Queen who was born

To bear, to love; to pay a heavy price for loving.

Her face was dignified, filled with the majesty of an

Empress who bore life’s challenges without complaint.

Yet the numerous invisible scars she carried were still

There, her merits waiting to be read in Paradise,

For unstoppable and speechless deeds, of one

Who gave so much; yet asked for so little.


Her palm and fingers carried the marks of diligence,

Of sheer hard work, as did her bosom, shielding the

Immaculate and curvaceous mammary glands, that

Served to offer all to her seven wonderful children.

There they lay, still dignified with age, stately, as the stretch-

Marks on her waistline; the glint of heaven which still shone

In her eyes, her cheeks and glistening smile, of constant

Laughter in the face of heavy, and almost unbearable odds.

I offered her the soap and flannel. She still had

The gift of being able to use her left hand, and

‘Though she did not speak, it was important to me

To maintain her self-esteem, respect and decorum,

As she washed her middle beneath the sheets.

This was a woman who lived for us, like the cosmos

To Mother Gaia, her golden tears - like rain - nourishing

Our roots; her smile and service --a radiant sunshine,

Feeding our petals and blossoms with candescent delight.

I washed the rest of her body, knowing that the Spirit

Of her fire was with me; with us, that the dust

Of her life would linger, long after she was gone, still

Paving our diamond paths, for much brighter tomorrows.

O Light, my awakening Light, You that adorn the

Core of my mother’s soul with Your magnificence, Come!

Jai T’aime. Yo te quiero, mi querida madre.

Nakupenda mama, medoh wo papapa. Ai!

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 4th June, 2021.


Quote from Manatita

"A purity-white Heart, she was and a life of selfless service." - Manatita


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manatita44 (author) from london on June 30, 2021:

More gratitude to you, my Dear. Much Love.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 30, 2021:

This is a wonderful tribute to your mother, Manatita. Thank you for sharing it.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 30, 2021:

Haha Doris,

How about you then? Your answer prompted the question.

Thanks a lot! Appreciated!

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 30, 2021:

A beautiful tribute to a loving mother. People who experienced loving mothers are very fortunate.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 30, 2021:

Thank you Sha.

Good you could make it. Hugs

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 30, 2021:

Manatita, this is such a touching, loving tribute to your beautiful mother. Each word is full of tenderness, awe, and respect for the woman who gave you life and stood by your side.

The video at the end is the perfect punctuation.

Well done, my friend!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 29, 2021:

Aww Marlene,

Such praise coming from a dear friend of mines is highly valued. Thank you so much!! Praise be!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 29, 2021:

This is very lovely. My heart melted. I can't even find words to describe how deeply this tribute touched me. It is absolutely beautiful.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 28, 2021:

Mary, missed you!

Thank you so much!!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 28, 2021:

This is a very touching poem on your Mother. May her Spirit continue to be with you.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 28, 2021:

A most fabulous comment and one empowering mothers, Devika. Thank You!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 28, 2021:

Mothers give to their families all they have and this tribute is just perfect. You shared a wonderful tribute and with such appreciation. A poem that says it all about your loving mother.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 28, 2021:

Thank you, Princess. Welcome here!

Princess Nel-Ann Olo from Davao City on June 28, 2021:

Great tribute for mothers, very deep and poetic. Thanks for this piece of work.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 28, 2021:

Thank you! Thank you, Linda.

You do a 'thing or two' for your children, no?' Chuckle. Much gratitude ... much!!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 28, 2021:

Oh Manatita, what a loving tribute. You have brought tears to my eyes. The selfless love of your mother is not gone. Even death cannot take that gift away; it lives on in you.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 28, 2021:

So sweet! So sweet! Your Heart of Gold is treasured and I'm touched by your sincere sentiment. Salaam!

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on June 28, 2021:

Manatita, I have no words to appreciate this poem. Mother is the most precious treasure in the world. Every word of this poem is justified for a mother. And I can feel that how much you love your mother. Thanks for sharing with us.

Stay safe and healthy...

manatita44 (author) from london on June 28, 2021:

Thank you, thank you, Nithya. She was indeed a very beautiful Spirit!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 28, 2021:

A beautiful tribute to your mother. Mother’s are angels in disguise. Your mother looks so beautiful!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 28, 2021:

Charming! Yes! So many mothers and indeed Foster parents made sacrifices! Some more than others but our Lord knows best what we need. Thank you so much! Blessings to your mom in heaven.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 28, 2021:

This is such a beautiful tribute to your mother, Manatita. It really touched my heart. Of course, it made me think of my mother that passed away just 2 years ago. The tenderness expressed in your poem was so touching, and I loved reading what you wrote.

Blessings to you.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 28, 2021:

Gratitude Rosina.

An affection- flooded Heart and a selfless life indeed! Thank you so much!!

Rosina S Khan on June 28, 2021:

A wonderful and loving tribute to your mother, Manatita. I am deeply touched. Who can forget such a selfless and affectionate Mom? Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 28, 2021:

Thank you Brenda. Sweet sentiment! Appreciated

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 28, 2021:


I'm so glad I caught this one.

It is a beautiful tribute about your loving mother.

My heart aches for you as you deal with the loss of her wonderful spirit.

It is so touching to see the kind, caring ways you respected her.

Thank you for sharing & know you are in my prayers.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 27, 2021:

Well my loving Didi ji, feels so special to read this from you! I truly appreciate that you have covered so much! Jai Ram!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 27, 2021:

Thank you! Thank you! Bill I'm so happy you caught this one! It is a deep and special poem! Much gratitude!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 27, 2021:

Sukriya my spiritual sister! I'm touched! This is an awesome sentiment from you. Jai Sri Ramakrishna! Jai Ram! Jai Sri Sarada Devi!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 27, 2021:

This is a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to your mother. I am deeply touched by your words, full of love and respect for your mother. Her picture is so beautiful, serene, peaceful and powerful.

The epitome of selfless love, sacrifice, affection and blessings—That’s what makes the mothers angels on earth.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of writing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 27, 2021:

So very touching! I have tears of happiness that such a creature walked among us.

Blessings and love always

Vanita Thakkar on June 27, 2021:

Wow, Brother Manatita !! This is your best masterpiece.

My heartiest homage and prayers for your mother.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 27, 2021:

Indeed John, indeed!

Thank you so much!!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 27, 2021:

A lovely tribute to your mother Manatita. She sounded like a wonderful and selfless woman.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 27, 2021:

Yes Dee

Her death was as beautiful as her life. Even the Prime Minister came. Thank you so much!! I feel your koving sentiment.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 27, 2021:

Tributes to a mother do not get any more, vivid, practical and beautiful than this. Good job, and I'm sure your mom deserved every word of it. Brilliant poetry!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on June 27, 2021:

Gracias, mi hermano


manatita44 (author) from london on June 27, 2021:

Hello my Brother Emge.

Namaste! So happy you liked this poem. Mother's do know how to sacrifice. God bless your mom in Paradise. Sukriya

Hi Misbah,

A very loving sentiment. Yes. This is a deep poem. Higher blessings mi Habibi. Yo te quiero mucho!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on June 27, 2021:

This is a beautiful poem and reminded me of my mother who is no more. Bless you, sir.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on June 27, 2021:

Bro, Mothers are always precious. Your poetry brought tears to my eyes. This was so deep and emotional

Like you, I also love my mum very much.

Blessings always!!

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