The Impact of Words, or Songs of Manatita

Updated on September 25, 2018
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Wisdom from the Master

"Mine is the wisdom-light

That tells me to ask

Not for a lighter burden,

But for a stronger Heart."



A woman said to me one evening:

“O Lantern, was this your poem?” I said: “Yes.”

“I was not coming next week”, she responded.

“But now I’ll definitely come to hear you.”

When I did my ‘refugee’ poem, a man

Ran all the way from the back and kissed me;

When I started ‘Amazing Grace’ to end my ‘Black History’ poem,

The audience sang, stood … gave me a standing ovation!

We may not know the impact of the wordsmith,

On one’s state of mind.

Each Bard sings a melody,

Taken from a manuscript in heaven.

My Heart cried on reading once,

Of a woman on the verge of suicide.

She heard the eloquent, life-giving parchment

Of a poet, and changed her mind.

Sea-water caresses the pearl on the marine bed;

The ocean serenades its opulence.

Magnolias rise and waltz with the dawn,

Singing the songs of the Nazarene.

The Lilly said to the sunflower:

“Peace be with you, my radiant sister.”

The moon kisses our Hearts at twilight and says:

“Good night, my kindred spirits, we’ll meet again tomorrow.”

An agony of echoes whispered from my core:

“Make me a servant, O Love”, she pleaded.

And the rose tore its golden garments,

Offering its fragrance, as a sacrifice to this cause.

Each sweet word spoken; each charming gesture released,

Kisses the Spirit of the one, for whom it was intended;

Like lavenders, they cascade their aroma to stars,

Bathing in the ether on moonlit evenings.

Words … they can carve our emotions with daggers drawn,

Or weave a tapestry in the soul so beautiful,

That our tears become a raiment for the Beloved.

Lantern says: "When I was lost in my darkness,

It was the resonance of His eloquence, that set me free."

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 19th September, 2018.

~Awakening The Inner Light ~



Wisdom from the Master

"At last my life-boat

Is returning

To its Golden Shore,

Sailing away from

A thick and blinding mist." -Sri Chinmoy

The impact of words

How invaluable are they

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© 2018 manatita44


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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    22 months ago from london

    A beautiful sentiment and one I will cherish. I seem to think we were acquainted before. Welcome! Will visit you soon.

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    Rodric Anthony 

    22 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

    Manatita, I never knew how powerful your words were until I read what Sean wrote in An Esoteric Analysis of Manatita’s Poem “I Am so Glad, My Love” - Part 1. I am so glad that I read them. I love the way you refer to God as Love, for He is. I also love your reference as the Lantern Carrier. Thank you for carrying the Light of the Love of God in your words. All creations love God and are a testimony of His love for us.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    23 months ago from london


    My brother. I know of two situations right now where people have been saved from the abyss by comforting words and are recovering well. Praise be!

    Of course you are one of those who understand this. Thank you so much!

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    John Hansen 

    23 months ago from Queensland Australia

    Manatita, the popular saying "the pen is mightier than the sword," is much truer than many imagine. I agree with you on all you state so eloquently. I have been humbled to hear myself a number of times that my words have helped or encouraged someone through a difficult or challenging situation. That is the ultimate accolade for a writer.

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    24 months ago from london

    Ha ha... and the word was made flesh and dwelth among us ...thanks a lot Dee. Gratitude

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    Dora Weithers 

    24 months ago from The Caribbean

    I believe that sincere belief in the power of words makes the wordsmith effective. You are the proof.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    24 months ago from london

    Thank you Shannon.

    You show a great and sincere appreciation for my work. I truly appreciate this. Words empower us in so many ways!! Gratitude... much

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    Shannon Henry 

    24 months ago from Texas

    I do believe I could never state things the way you so eloquently do through your poetry. However, that does not stop me from agreeing with everything that you stated here. How profound is the feeling when someone tells you what your words meant to them? It's also quite humbling. I can relate somewhat through some poetry I've had people comment to me about. But also by things people shared with me after I spoke something out loud, sometimes repeatedly and completely unaware of the major impact of my words at the time. It's truly a gift when that experience is shared because words can so easily inspire the worst in people. I'm always filled with gratitude when I find out they had a positive impact for someone. This is a beautiful piece of writing, my friend.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    24 months ago from london

    Yes, my dear. You are right.

    People who inflict pain maliciously, are usually in pain. Just an addition. Thank you so much!!

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    Dana Tate 

    24 months ago from LOS ANGELES

    Words are very powerful. They have the ability to uplift or tear down. What I love about songs and poems are the words that seem to come deep from within. Sometimes I cannot speak my joy, pain, hurt. But then out of no where, or, at least it seems that way, I get an urge to write. I either wrote a song or a poem and I feel a release.

    I chose "all of the above" because I could only choose one but I also believe words are a gift from God. We can serve Him, by choosing beautiful words to uplift, encourage and praise. Or, we can do the exact opposite and use the gift to...break, discourage or, cause pain.


  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    24 months ago from london

    Ha ha Li-Jen. We do embellish, true, but not in this case. He did kiss me on the cheeks. But it is a tribute to me, really. An honour, as so many at Poetry Café sees me as a gentle soul carrying a Lighted lantern. He laso knew me and knew that.

    Still, my message here is to show how words can affect us. If you go to Stratford-on-Avon, you would be amazed at the number of people that still visit Shakespeare's birthplace, his grave, his home, theatre, church … todos.

    Thank you so much!!

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    Li-Jen Hew 

    24 months ago

    Hey Manatita. That's right, words are powerful. They can move us. I can understand why a man would come running to kiss you after reading the refuge poem, whether true or not haha..I can see that sweet words are like the fragrance of flowers. Thanks for sharing.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    24 months ago from london


    Clicking on the link below, should allow you to hear me reciting the poem. Have a look.

    Thank you so much!!

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    Rinita Sen 

    24 months ago

    Here is to 'words'. Powerful indeed. Wordsmiths can truly make or break a scenario, and your poems are always positive, full of light. Thank you for the lantern.

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    24 months ago from london

    Link to the above poem. Thanks.

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    24 months ago from london

    Venkatachari Ji,

    I have the poem live, my brother. Still struggling to figure a way to get it here or get you the link from my mobile. Will be back. Thank you so much!!

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    Venkatachari M 

    24 months ago from Hyderabad, India

    Wow, that is a wonderful poem. How did you hear it Ioannis?

    Great, my Bro, Manatita. That's a very wise one with deep meaning.

    The lines are so sound and of great impact.

    Thanks for sharing the poem and letting us know, Ioannis.

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    24 months ago from london

    Ah...that means you are very special and so ordained. Many at the event loved that one! A room of 50 young people full of vibrancy and cheerfulness. Cool, eh? They heard a great message about the impact of words. You are lyrical, Bro. Awesome!

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    Ioannis Arvanitis 

    24 months ago from Greece, Almyros

    "Hold on for a second, if words can be weapons

    Then what I say can effect it, they're not just words on a record

    And I can choose to respect it, or choose to infect it

    But once it hits the water, it's too late to be selective

    'Cause one voice is enough to make sleeping giants wake up

    To make armies put their hands up and watch whole nations stand up

    It's one belief, one spark, one faith and one restart

    And we can reboot the whole chart before it all falls apart"

    Thousand Foot Krutch

    My dear brother, I am so glad that I had the blessing to hear you reciting this wonderful poem! Thank you!

    Admiration and Gratitude!


  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from london

    Indeed Rajan. Indeed! Thank you so much!!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

    Words are very powerful... can make or break.

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    2 years ago from london

    My dear Mary,

    I thank you so much! How is the husband?

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    Mary Norton 

    2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    A toast to words. They can hurt or bring joy. Such power they have. It is with care and thought that we use them. Thank you once again for your very inspiring words.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    2 years ago from london

    .Thank you, Verlie. You are so right! Appreciations!

    Brother Venkatachari Ji.

    So good to see you! Missed your great Spirit! Hope the family is well. Thanks for your kind mention of Sri Chinmoy's verses. Gratitude for you usual fine sentiments. I bid you much peace.

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    Venkatachari M 

    2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

    Very true, Manatita, my Bro. Words have a great impact that can make people smile or weep. Your words bring much wisdom and a feeling of heavenly serenity.

    I like that opening quote from the Master "..... ask for ... a stronger Heart."

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    Verlie Burroughs 

    2 years ago from Canada

    Lovely words manatita, bright and beautiful. And yes, powerful too. The writer and the reader connect in mysterious ways, so true.

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    2 years ago from london

    Yes, my Friend.

    And so we serve ... and so we serve. Thank you so much!

    Thanks Bill.

    Tricky for us sometimes. Seeing the shadows is always healthy. Peace.

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    Eric Dierker 

    2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    I think it is our inside self speak words that lend us the words we use outwardly. A good poem to read to ourselves.

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    Bill Holland 

    2 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Each bard sings a melody...I love that! And so true! Beautiful tribute to the wordsmiths of the world, my friend, and one which struck close to home for this old man. Thank you and blessings always!

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    2 years ago from london

    Appreciated Alicia. Thank you so much!!

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    Linda Crampton 

    2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Words are very important, whether they are written or spoken. It's important that we chose them wisely. Thank you for the reminder, Manatita.

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    2 years ago from london


    I like that. You and I, we will be benchmarks for sweetness. Right?

    Thank you Linda C.

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    Linda Lum 

    2 years ago from Washington State, USA

    Manatita, the written word is ever so important. Let our words be sweet and offer comfort. There is no room for anything less than loving phrases. Our writing will endure long after we have departed. May we be remembered for love.


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