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Limitations by Manatita


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


A Free Verse Sonnet

“O Allah! Some say that I should pray five times a day,

But my soul says: ‘There’s a thousand ways to worship.’

Senior Pastor tells me to rest on the Sabbath, but

Should I not seize each moment, of another virgin dawn?

A Seeress left her cat and went on a pilgrimage,

Only to find on her return,

That the cat was worshipped in her absence.

O Allah! Of what use are miracle crusades,

When the Light of the Spirit is still in darkness?

Why so much time on the outer opulence,

When my mind’s jungle, runs wild like monkeys?

Is the Corporate’s tie, more elegant than the beggar’s tears?”

“O Lantern, a Heart consumed by the fire of Love,

Is sweeter than the celestial wine of heaven.”

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 14th June 2018.

~Awakening The Inner Light ~

Heart of Love


Love poem

"I use to write love poems,

Now I collect them,

Like small shells on a beach.

Only the locals knows about it."- Mitch Ditkoff



© 2018 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on July 13, 2018:

Yes. Too true. Michael.

Thank you so much!

Michael-Milec on July 13, 2018:

Ahh, countless of them - each group respects of his own. Since invented by men religion is constantly exposed to changes... Apart of any religiozity every one of us depends on a personal relationship with the Heavenly Father thus preserving a direct commitments.

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

Thanks Peggy.

Appreciated. The poem is fine but been trying to find the right title, as I like traditions too. Have a great day.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 26, 2018:

I do think that some religious traditions can be valuable but others can serve to limit people. Your first poem addresses this beautifully.

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

Thank you,

Thank you for your fan mail also. Welcome here. I shall visit you later. My thanks to Sean.

Maurice Glaude from Mobile on June 24, 2018:

I learned of you through Sean's writings. I'm so grateful to get to read your writings myself.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 17, 2018:

Thank you for your apology; much appreciated. And thank you for the alternative - I believe there is (most of the time!).

I know some very special fathers too. Have a great day yourself!


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

Wow! I know of your children, of course, and your numerous trips -like me- ha ha. Well my Dear, first my apologies and secondly, Happy Father's Day to your Father in heaven. Is there such a thing? Smile.

I do all sorts of things here in Kenya. Yesterday I went to a Father's Day Celebration. Every single speaker spoke of their own Fathers, even though some were actually Father's themselves. Anyway, my apologies. Good to know.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 17, 2018:

Thank you, but my partner is not my husband nor a father!


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

Thank you Ann.

Appreciated! Have a great day today. Extending family wishes and a Happy Father's Day to your husband.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 17, 2018:

Lovely poetry!


manatita44 (author) from london on June 16, 2018:

Thank you Sean. A most sublime quote. A most wonderful Father's Day to you. Salaam!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on June 16, 2018:

“When the religion-bird

Flies in the spirituality-sky,

It far transcends religion-limitations.”

– Sri Chinmoy

Proud of you my Brother! A masterpiece From His Heart to our ignorant hearts. Thank you.


manatita44 (author) from london on June 15, 2018:

Gratitude ... Li-Jen.

Li-Jen Hew on June 15, 2018:

Ohhhh I see..makes sense. Thanks Manatita! It's good to know the deep reflective thoughts of Manatita. Haha. :)

manatita44 (author) from london on June 15, 2018:

What I see here, Li-Jen, is that sweet simplicity again; this lack of guile.

Again, you are looking for the message in the poem. Good on ya!

Yes! The mind is a big culprit, bother, monkey ... in mystic philosophy. it is a deeply reflective poem. Since you are always so sweet to me, let me help you with one couplet:

"O Allah! Of what use are miracle crusades,

When the Light of the Spirit is still in darkness?"

It is not going for healing and miracles that God needs, but to come to Him with a clean and pure Heart. Hope this helps. Amitabha! (You know what this means now? Lol.)

Li-Jen Hew on June 14, 2018:

Hey Manatita, you made the poem indicate ignorance with the Light of the darkness and it also shows that it isn't what we show in practice or traditions but what we feel and think inside that goes against them. The poem concludes with nice wisdom. I like the jungle feel with the run wild with monkeys...perhaps it is our inner monkey that disconnects us from reality..maybe that's how I am hahah! Thanks for sharing. :)....Correct me if I'm wrong. I would be honoured to hear from you.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 14, 2018:

You are so right, Michael! Yes, values are eternal. There are so many that I love!

There is a Spirit in the poetry which is correct and which I am trying to convey. But yes, perhaps you can come up with a better title.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 14, 2018:

Thanks Linda.

Both Kibir and Rumi were God-intoxicated souls. Read some of his poems here. He had direct vision of God.

I love traditions and my title was initially misplaced. The poem is not. I just need something to fit as a Title. Lol. Gratitude.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 14, 2018:

As your poll says, I think that some religious traditions can be quite useful, but others can hold people back. Your poem is thought provoking. The quote about the ocean is one of my favourites.

Michael-Milec on June 14, 2018:

Values are eternal. We do gain ''them “ as personal possession / experiencing life connected in Him. Since very first enlightening moment I am still singing “ I live, I live because He is risen” ( He, the eternal I AM)

manatita44 (author) from london on June 14, 2018:

Venkatachari M,

The Seer is in support of many! I, m specific in the poetry but initially got the title wrong. So sorry.


That's còol, eh? Thank you so much!!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 14, 2018:

Thanks Bill.

Some are cool, like Christmas, Dewali and many others. Initially, I had given the poem the wrong title.


Kabir is one of my favourites and yes, It's a great line. Thank you so much!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 14, 2018:

Mary, I initially gave this one the wrong title. After the composition, I clicked on traditions and saw some real gems.

They were full of Light and cerainly not what I had in mind. So I changed the title. Some fours later, I realised it was not changed and definitely changed it then.

I agree with you. Thank you so much!


I thank you Bro. Hope you are well. Best wishes.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 14, 2018:

I respect people who do follow traditions as it helps them. I agree with you that they sometimes blind ud and stops our inner spirit from seeing light. Keep on Lantern Carrier.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 14, 2018:

Knock 'em dead buddy. You just give me visualization to the max.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 14, 2018:

Very few religious traditions do I follow....actually very few traditions in general. I'm not much for following the tide in and out without great purpose. :) Blessings always my friend.

Rinita Sen on June 14, 2018:

Is the Corporate’s tie, more elegant than the beggar’s tears?”

This really pierced through the soul, manatita.

Quoting Kabir was a perfect continuation for the sonnet

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on June 14, 2018:

Very nice analysis of the traditions. Traditions depend upon the circumstances and the surrounding environment. It also differ from a seer's approach and a layman's approach. I try to follow what my heart says.

Thanks for bringing out this good review through the medium of a beautiful Sonnet.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 14, 2018:

My mind's Jungle runs wild like Monkeys..LOL I love that.. clever and creative..

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