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Triumph Over Shadows, to the Esteemed Writer, Pamela Ogelsby, From Prompt 22, 'Shadow' by Brenda Arledge


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

"The power of light will definitely illumine the darkness. Darkness tries to devour light, but light never devours. Light only illumines the darkness. You see at night how dark it is. Then, the day dawns, and the darkness disappears…” – Sri Chinmoy

"Behind all shadows of adversity
There is prosperity.
Wait and see!
Beauty’s Infinity,
Infinity’s Beauty
Will clasp you behind all shadows
Of adversity-night.

– Sri Chinmoy



Brenda’s prompt, No 22, is ‘Shadow.’ I have touched on the inner demons (Shadows) we have and tried to show that through Grace, we will inevitably triumph. I have also, as usual, added aphorisms of Sri Chinmoy and a video to inspire hope, pointing towards beauty ... to Love.

Brenda needs no introduction, as she regularly and tirelessly encourages us, with prompts, either to try our hands at, or continue our creative writing efforts. She's an excellent poet and writer; a great motivator well known to the regular members of the Hubpages community. We applaud her as one singular Unit

Pamela is now a force to be reckoned with. A previously unknown poetess, she has taken Brenda's Prompts by storm and done an amazing job with them. I applaud her greatly!

Lustrous Light


Triumph Over Shadows, Cantata 1

Inevitably, for reasons known or unknown,

I will need to quell the din and confusion of the

Heart. My first step are trials. I’m at the Olympics,

Battling against huddles with an uncomfortable stride.

My gait is poor, limbs far from nimble, as I try

To lift those heavy scars, carrying myself over

Huddles, right now impossible to surmount.

I stumble, graze myself, as the wounds of pent-up

Emotions haunt me, amidst the false urge and sweet

Encouragement of demons, secretly howling for my blood.

Lost in the darkness, I pick myself up, but fall again,

Into the fiery night of Hades, while fellow spiders, still

Steeped in ignorance, shout: “Go on, go on!” I spin in a web

Of labyrinths I cannot control, become lost in shadows,

As my huddle of emotions crashes, time and time again.

The next step is hope. I’m in a cave, locked in chains

By my desires. I see only darkness, that is, until my

Deliverer comes –an adept at jumping huddles.

He removes my fetters, whispering, “Come! Come!”

Yet so long have I been in this maze of blackness,

My eyes are not familiar with the Light and my bail

Of turmoil, still runs into the path of barriers.

The next step is deliverance. Grace enters and

Somehow, with the greatest of efforts, I see a streak

Of Light and follows the Master Huddler, hands

Interlocked, as we face those daunting blocks, one last time.

A gun goes off, I feel an invisible force carrying

me as I gain momentum, leap over my obstacles

And wins the race. My ghouls fall silent, but I hear

The Seers of Paradise, beating the drums of Victory,

Minstrels dancing and singing in my soul.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 23rd July, 2021



Triumph Over Shadows, Cantata 2

Sitting alone in this void of Silence, I feel

A Love so strong, commanding even the

Birds in the trees to sing. Everywhere is beauty,

And the joy of my inner Citadel is immeasurable.

Beauty speaks to me of the meadows, even as

The sunflowers dance; my eyes weep copious

Tears, laughing with the fragrance of the breeze.

My sweet Queen, You’re the flares of a

Thousand stars; even the silvery hues of a

Hundred moons, can never outshine Your lustre.

My heart was burdened by the din of loneliness and shadows;

The insanity of worldliness blinded my sight; I could not avoid

Stumbling in the darkness, searching endlessly, for Thy golden Light;

My soul finally glows like fire, sitting on the edge of blissful flames.

30th May, 2021

Scented candles, instruments of the Light


Wisdom from the Master

"We came from Delight. We grow in Delight. And at the end of our journey we enter into the effulgence of Delight, we retire into Delight." - Sri Chinmoy

"If we live in the heart, then the heart gives us the message of identification. If we identify ourselves with Light, immediately we become Light. Inside the heart is the soul. So, if we can live even for a minute each day in our inner existence, then we can see Light in abundant measure..." - Sri Chinmoy


© 2021 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on July 25, 2021:

No. You are right! So I won't give myself any brownie points for that one, as Brenda's theme was 'shadow.' As a mystic, we think in terms of shadows, meaning Ignorance: limitations, weakness, imperfections and bondage. Our inner 'cobwebs.' So I wrote the poem in this Light as naturally, I love carrying messages in my work. Ha-ha.

Miz, I miss you! Show your face more often. Read by poem on Grace (Two articles ago) Then tell me what you think. Have a great Sunday!!

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on July 25, 2021:

Manatita, your poetry is blissful. It isn't blinded by shadow. To me a shadow occurs when an object blocks the light. I think a shadow is the opposite of a reflection. Do I think too much?

manatita44 (author) from london on July 24, 2021:

Much appreciated!

In good faith, Guruji use to tell us that he was not a Swami. We feel that both Trailanga Swami and Swami Vivekananda were exalted souls, but they were exceptions. Guru ji never used the word in relation to himself and we never did. Simply Sri Chinmoy.

Still love you though. Stay well and blessed. Om Shanti!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on July 24, 2021:

You started with a lovely quote from swami Chinmoy. Developed further with a lovely poem. Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 24, 2021:

Thank you and you too. Stay well and blessed. Send me some songs. Om Shanti!

Vanita Thakkar on July 24, 2021:

Your Guruji’s quotes are full of the Light you talk about. Excellent as always.

The two poems are perfect in their context, with lovely, smooth, touchy and soothing expressions.

Outstanding response to Brenda’s word prompt and brilliant tributes to Pamela. Compliments and regards to you, Brenda and Pamela.

Have a great weekend.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 23, 2021:

Thank you, Linda.

Much appreciations.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 23, 2021:

Appreciated Peggy. Yes Pamela is a dark horse who has surfaced into the Light. Her poetry is exquisite! Thanks Peggy

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 23, 2021:

Excellent quotes from Sri Chinmoy, and I can't think of anyone more deserving than Pamela. She radiates sunshine.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 23, 2021:

Yes Devika. She's a very gentle soul. Thank you so much!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 23, 2021:

Thank you so much Vidya! Rumi is an essential read that soothes the soul. Glad you like my Guru ji's words. Om shanti!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 23, 2021:

Brenda you're very thorough as usual. Awesome! Thanks for posting the Link!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 23, 2021:


Thank you for taking the time to write a tribute to Pamela Oglesby.

She is very worthy & I applaud with you.

You begin your article with a couple of very wise quotes from Sri Chinmoy.

Light will always light up the darkness.

In you poem, "Lustrous Light Triumph Over Shadows, Cantata 1" you show us one's struggle to overcome the pain that has scarred his heart.

He tries to move forward but his heavy burdens weigh him down.

He falls into the darkness time and time again but picks himself up each time.

His emotions get the best of him leaving him surrounded by those who are lost in the shadows encouraging him to play their games.

When he can see only darkness, he is given a sliver of hope.

But he is too scared to walk a new path and stumbles back into the crowd where everything is familiar.

But the light doesn't give up on him and offers him grace.

This time he follows.

It is like his burdens have been washed away as he leaps over obstacles in his path with ease like someone carried him across the finish line.

His friends in the darkness never speak a word, but he hears the applause of victory from The Seers of Paradise as he feels happiness within his soul.

In your poem, "Shadows Triumph Over Shadows, Cantata 2" you tell us when he sits alone in the silence he has joy in his heart. He senses a strong love surrounding him.

He hears words from the divine in all the beauty that surrounds him.

He has tears of happiness knowing this light will never go dim.

For he was lonely, blinded by the things of the world.

He stumbled through the darkness searching endlessly for a way out.

When he finally sees the lightness, where his soul will remain glowing brightly.

These are so very touching.

The words reflect the uphill battle of one's journey to find the path of God.

I will post a link.

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 23, 2021:

Great tribute to dear Pamela, who has excelled at poetry too. She's talented and her medical articles are so informative. Wonderful poetry Manatita in response to Brenda's word prompt. Sri Chinmoy"s quotes are inspiring and Rumi is my all time favorite. Thanks for sharing.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 23, 2021:

manatita44 I like your style in sharing your wonderful tribute to Pamela she is a talented writers and I have become familiar with her work for a while and appreciate her contribution.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 23, 2021:

I had just read Pamela's poem about shadows, and now yours and your tribute to her. Both are wonderful carrying important messages. Thank you!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 23, 2021:

Yes Bill

She gets better all the time! Thank you so much!

Hi John

Yes she has!

She's even rhyming now! Excellent! More Love to you!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 23, 2021:

.I read Pamela's work, loved the message. I read your work, loved the message. I follow both of you religiously, love both of you.

That about covers it!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 23, 2021:

Excellent poetry, and quotes from Sri Chinmoy. Also, a fine dedication to Pamela, who I am pleased has discovered a love of writing poetry. Nice work bro.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 23, 2021:

Thank you Chitra ji. A mighty fine sentiment from you!!

Yes, Pamela's numerous contributions on health are invaluable! Thank you so much!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 23, 2021:

A beautiful tribute to Pamela, and a wonderful response to the word prompt, shadows. I liked reading your interpretation of the word, with meaningful quotes full of wisdom.

Triumph over shadows, sounds so appropriate.

Pamela is a generous person, and a wonderful writer. I appreciate her efforts for spreading medical awareness, through her wonderful health articles.

Appreciations for both of you. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 23, 2021:


I did a recording but didn't put it up. Instead I chose one from Rumi and Hafiz. Thank you so much Dee. Don't make Pamela blush anymore. Peace.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 23, 2021:

True, Manatita. Brenda's prompts has awakened the poet in Pamela. Who knew ...? Sweet of you to recognize her.

As for you, having heard you read, I can now hear your voice presenting your poems and they are even more refreshing!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 23, 2021:

Aww Pamela! So deserving!

Blush for as long as you wish. Chuckle. Thanks a lot for gracing my page. Gratitude.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2021:

I think you have me blushing, Manatita. This tribute is wonderful. I love your poetry and the Sri Chinmoy quotes.

Thank your for this lovely tribute. Blessings, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 23, 2021:

Thank you, Rosina. A very loving contribution and my deepest respect. She's certainly soaring and yes, for this very reason, I wanted to celebrate her efforts. Much Gratitude.

Rosina S Khan on July 23, 2021:

Enchanting poetry, Manatita. I think this is a wonderful tribute to esteemed fellow writer, Pamela, who is currently soaring writing poems herself based on Brenda's word prompts. A big Thank You to you, Manatita for creating this spellbinding hub, which is based on Brenda's current word prompt "Shadow".

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