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The Impact of Words, or Songs of Manatita

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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."

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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 ~

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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

© 2018 manatita44

Comments

manatita44 (author) from london on November 01, 2018:

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

Rodric Anthony from Surprise, Arizona on November 01, 2018:

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 (author) from london on October 09, 2018:

Indeed,

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!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on October 08, 2018:

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.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 26, 2018:

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

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 26, 2018:

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

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

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

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 25, 2018:

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 (author) from london on September 25, 2018:

Yes, my dear. You are right.

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

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on September 25, 2018:

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.

Blessings...

manatita44 (author) from london on September 24, 2018:

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!!

Li-Jen Hew on September 24, 2018:

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 (author) from london on September 24, 2018:

Rinita,

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

Thank you so much!!

Rinita Sen on September 24, 2018:

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.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 23, 2018:

Link to the above poem. Thanks.

https://s.amsu.ng/5MqOoOfTU43N

manatita44 (author) from london on September 23, 2018:

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!!

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on September 23, 2018:

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.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 23, 2018:

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!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on September 23, 2018:

"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!

Sean

manatita44 (author) from london on September 21, 2018:

Indeed Rajan. Indeed! Thank you so much!!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 21, 2018:

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

manatita44 (author) from london on September 20, 2018:

My dear Mary,

I thank you so much! How is the husband?

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 20, 2018:

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 (author) from london on September 20, 2018:

.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.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on September 20, 2018:

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."

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on September 20, 2018:

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

manatita44 (author) from london on September 20, 2018:

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.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 20, 2018:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 20, 2018:

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!

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

Appreciated Alicia. Thank you so much!!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 19, 2018:

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

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

Cool!

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

Thank you Linda C.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 19, 2018:

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.