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The Spirit of my Sister, a Tribute. Sunday's Inspiration, 34


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



Recently, I mentioned my brother, who worked several years for the American military and later for the Government in surveillance. Today, July 4th, is a fitting day for my sister’s turn, who lived and passed in Houston, Texas, in March, this year. She was 56.

My sister was an amazing soul of tremendous courage and a Spirit of selfless service. She was a journalist, an entrepreneur, and ran a successful Driving School. She also started up a restaurant but had to sell, due to the progression of her illness. I have written a tribute poem in Memoriam.


She gave me an elbow

I looked at her lovingly, as the flames of holiness

Shone deeply in her eyes. She was soon to be in transition,

But gave me an elbow of discernment, and what I received

For speaking my mystic truth of the inner journey; of

The immortality of the soul, was increased a thousand-fold!

I remembered her smile, her jokes, her deep

Affection as we held hands; her tenderness of Love.

She admired me immensely! Perhaps God had spoken

To her soul which whispered of the sweetness we felt

For each other. She was not one for church, but her

Life was a prayer of sacrifice; of soulful self-giving, a

Drum-major bedecked in the sweet merits of Paradise.

I remembered our culinary treats of crab and callaloo,

Oil-down breadfruit, roti and goat and yes, I remembered

Her wit; how she liked company and loved to laugh! Heaven

Had drenched her in its beauty, adorned her in honey of the

Most precious kind; gave her a life of dauntless courage.

I remembered when we walked through the corridors

Of the State-of-the-Art- MD Anderson; the phone call

From the Consultant who said that she was almost at

The end of her earthly happiness. We spoke, discussed life

And she said that she was ready for the hospice, ready to

Go home; to return to the glories of heaven.

Lotus lights


From Zoom, I gaze around the bed where she is lying. She’s

Lost much weight and her face is like dark clouds.

Her feet are like charcoal and she’s kept going by the long

Oxygen tubing attached to her nasal orifices. She’s surrounded

By her children and family and the mood is sombre, silent; tearful.

The morphine has kicked in, but she’s mercifully aware.

And I remembered … our times in Austin, lost in the

Diversity of myriad colours, of when we strolled along the river,

With success and failure tossed into the turbulence of her tides,

Like tornados do to the whistling willow, their two interwoven

Imposter-friends, called victory and defeat, still dancing on her forehead.

Now I’m glad that she’s been finally taken away,

From the venom of toxic therapies, even though

Thankful that they had mercifully extended her time,

Lessened her afflictions for another eight years. Yet

She was young, made all the more sacred but poignant,

Reverent, as she passed, God’s Grace, on her 56th birthday.

Ultimately, we swing on a game fashioned by

Love’s Pendulum, always in motion, liked a prudent

River, flooding its banks as necessary, taking the

Sediments of our lives with it; preening the mental weeds

Before finally arriving, into the Ocean of the great Unknown.

Heavy rain falls and the ground becomes damp, yet the grass

Will grow green; shooting stars dance with the constellations.

Silently weaving their celestial splendour, they will laugh with

Moonlight and whisper sweet tales of reverence to Orion.

Today heaven called and even as she walked, hand

In hand with Love, angels rejoiced, while the trumpets

Blew symphonies in ancestral Jerusalem. My younger sister

Gave me an elbow, saying it was ok, that she understood; that

The pearly gates were ready for her arrival, and she was going Home.

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


© 2021 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on July 05, 2021:

Gratitude Brenda.

I thought I saw a comment from you before. I get mixed up. Thank you so much!


manatita44 (author) from london on July 05, 2021:

Thanks Vidya.

A wise and loving sentiment. Jai Ram!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 05, 2021:


The memories you have of your sister are heartfelt.

This is so touching and graceful...just as your sister also appears to be in life.

She sounds like a wonderful soul and the strength she had to continue on her journey & faith is amazing.

I'm glad the two of you had such a connection that you could sense her words.

I'm sure she us in heaven living her glorious life watching & waiting until the two of you are joined together once more.

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful tribute.

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 05, 2021:

A lovely tribute to a brave and wonderful sister, manatita. Your sister would be proud of you. But you can draw comfort from the thought that she is free from suffering and at peace at home with the almighty. Your good memories with her will stay with you and relieve you from the grief due to the loss of a dear sister. Take care, thanks for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 05, 2021:

Commiserations Mary. HEAVEN WILL DRENCH HER SOUL WITH LIGHT. Thank you so much!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 05, 2021:

A wonderful memoriam. Reminded me of my sister who died a few years ago. I still miss her.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 05, 2021:

Thank you, John.

She was very special and yes, she would be proud. Appreciated!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 05, 2021:

This was a touching tribute to your sister, manatita. I applaud you for not making it a sad time through your poetry. She would be proud.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2021:

Alhamdulillah! mi habibi. Thanks for letting me know. Stay safe and blessed.

Amara from Pakistan on July 04, 2021:

Alhamdulillah, Manatita all is well by the grace of God.. Thanks for your concern dearest..

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2021:

Well Linda.

You say a lot!! Death pulls us all together as we are indeed all from the heavenly father. Sorry for your loss. My sister was very upbeat, so I'm not overly worried. I'm the first and she was the penultimate but last girl. My other sis is in Texas too with her family.

My Love to you do. I.m fine! Don't worry. She passed in March. Peace.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 04, 2021:

Dear Manatita, what a beautiful tribute to your sister. I well remember your writing of her when she left her earthly home. The heart aches, but the heart also knows that she has not died--she is living a new and better life.

I have lost many members of my family, but losing my oldest sister was perhaps the most difficult goodbye. Florences's journey with cancer lasted only 154 days. She was more like a mother to me than a sibling (26 years my senior). She was always my cheerleader, my coach, my confidant, and, when I was an adult, my best friend.

I shed tears with you, but like you I also hold joy in my heart knowing that we will some day be reunited. My love to you.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2021:

Thank you, Peggy.

Don't recall seeing anything from you, mary and Linda C. As to Eric, has he retired? More Love to you and family. Happy July 4th!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2021:

Thank you, Amara. How are you? is all good with you? Much Love.

Amara from Pakistan on July 04, 2021:

What a lovely tribute to your late sister Manatita.. I always enjoy your words of wisdom.. Beautiful..

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 04, 2021:

What a beautiful tribute you have written about your dear sister. May you draw comfort from your shared memories and belief in the next life. She sounds like she had an active life before cancer intervened. At least you know that she is at peace and free of pain. Blessings to you and your entire family!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2021:

Well... well. You're alive!!! Victory to July 4th! Victory to Ioannis and family! Victory to the eternal! Thank you!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on July 04, 2021:

She is a greater part of Love now, and you did a wonderful tribute, my brother!

I am sure she is so pleased with the man of love you have become! My prayers are by her side.

Stay safe in Love and Light, and keep on shining!


manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2021:

Thank you! Thank you!

Welcome here!

Maryam Fatima from Pakistan on July 04, 2021:

Wonderful Tribute ..to a beautiful and strong relationship.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2021:

Thank you so much, Chitrangada ji. Yes. Your memories quite good! I do appreciate your loving sentiment

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 04, 2021:

Such a touching and heartfelt tribute to your sister.

I do remember, that you had written about her earlier too. Your well expressed poem, very well brings about the beautiful brother-sister bond. I hope, you must be feeling lighter, by expressing your emotions, through this poem.

Thank you for sharing this with the readers.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2021:

Thank you Devika.

A wonderful comment from you! Jai Ram!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 04, 2021:

manatita44 Thank you for sharing with us about your sister. This is wonderful tribute to a great soul.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2021:

Yes Bill.

She did! Thank you so much! Appreciations!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 04, 2021:

Your sister squeezed a lot of living into a short life. Thank you for sharing your beautiful tribute with us all. The world needs more people like your sister, not less, and we are all diminished, just a bit, when one of them passes. Blessings to you always, my friend.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2021:

Yes. Swami Vivekananda is always big news to me. Guruji wrote many pieces in his honour and also gave a very large public concert in his honour in Chicago 1993. This was the 100th centenary of the PWR. Guruji was asked to open it which he did with Meditation. I was there! Jai Sri Sharada Devi!

Vanita Thakkar on July 04, 2021:

Happy 4th July to you and to America!! There is a beautiful poem written by Swami Vivekanandaji as a tribute to celebrating this day. You must have read it.

4th July is also the Punyatithi of Swami Vivekanandaji. He lives on. Jay Sri Ramakrishna!! Jay Maa Sharada!! Jay Swamiji!!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2021:

All's good, inshal'llah. Just tired a bit. Resting!.Thank you and Happy Moksha to you. Meaning enlightenment or liberation in an inner esoteric sense. Of course, Happy July 4th!

Rosina S Khan on July 04, 2021:

A beautiful tribute to your sister. I remember you mentioning your sister suffering from cancer and then her passing. Very sad. May her soul rest in peace in paradise.

Happy 4th of July to you. Hope all is well with you, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2021:

Thank you. Thank you , my Bhaiaji.


MG Singh emge from Singapore on July 04, 2021:

Wonderful tribute to a departed sister. Very touching.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2021:

Thanks Pamela.

Thank you for your consoling words. Yes, we'll meet again, definitely. Bless you for your kind sentiments! Happy July 4th!! (If I have your address, then a card is in your mail) Peace!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 04, 2021:

This is a lovely tribute to your sister, Manatita. Eight years is a long time to fight that battle. It sounds like you are your sister had so many good times together in past years.

You told me when she passed away, and she was in the best hospital for cancer in the U.S. She is in a beautiful place now, at peace, with no more tears. Your grief will take a while to get easier, but one day you will be united again.

God bless you, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2021:

Sorry about your loss, Vanita ji. My condolences. I do have a piece here called Impermanence, where I speak about the Indian crisis. I do not mention the country, but I speak of the problems.

I read a piece of someone giving praises to the doctors. Was it you? Don't remember. Yes, many have lost relatives or close friends. God is good. Ultimately nothing happens without the sanctioning, approval or toleration of the Supreme. Jai Ma!

Misbah, thanks my Didi ji. salaam!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on July 04, 2021:

Thank you so much, dear brother

“America is a tune. It must be sung together.” – Gerald Stanley Lee

Happy birthday, America! God bless America.

Happy 4th July to you too

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2021:

Namaste, my Friend.

Good afternoon! Hope that you are well. Happy July 4th, as Sri Ramakrishna rings His victory-bells in the Higher Lokas' of Jannah. Your sentiment is loving and very kind. Dhanyvaad!

Thanks Dee.

You make me laugh. There's Light even in the darkness!

"Heavy rain falls and the ground becomes damp, yet the grass

Will grow green; shooting stars dance with the constellations.

Silently weaving their celestial splendour, they will laugh with

Moonlight and whisper sweet tales of reverence to Orion." - Manatita

Wonderful to see you so early. Sunday blessings!

Vanita Thakkar on July 04, 2021:

This pandemic has taken away friends, family members and loved ones. One of my elder cousins - my father’s late brother’s son - passed away in April. Yesterday was his birthday. He would have been 56 yesterday ....

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 04, 2021:

Very touching! You're good at sharing feelings whether they be happy or sad. Sorry for your loss, but happy with you that your sister has exchanged the torture of illness for the comfortable rest that she deserves. Beautiful Tribute!

Vanita Thakkar on July 04, 2021:

What a lovely tribute to your sister, Brother Manatita !! I feel moved. Prayers. God bless you and your family. Hari Om !!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2021:


And your mom too. My thoughts were with her and with you last night. May Allah continue to grant you more fortitude to bear all life's challenges. Thank you for being here first and for remembering my sister.

You're not American, I know, but you and I, we have a universal Spirit. Since my thoughts are on Freedom, the inner Freedom, then Happy July 4th to you. Om Shanti!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on July 04, 2021:

Bro, I remember about your sister. I was new here at HP at the time, and you told me about your sister's death in one of your comments. There is no doubt that the kind soul is in a better place, Insha'Allah, in Heaven. She was in great shape when she left. She died while her family and children were caring for her. She was Lucky. May her soul rest in Peace. Ameen!

Sending Blessings to you and your family

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