What is Poetic Language?

Updated on November 12, 2017
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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.

The Lantern said: "Tell me about poetic language

The Seeress smiled sweetly,

Picked up an autumnal leaf,

Blew upon her breath and watched

This painted calligraphy of colours,

Fly upon the wings of the Cosmos.

“Hush! she whispered softly,

For Silence is the beauty of the Light.

Let go of thinking, cast no shadow

Over the brilliance within.

Close the door of eloquence;

Bring forth the Heart’s radiance.

But if you must describe ‘poetic language’,

Awaken the Spirit’s fire, then

Watch the beauty of Love

Working its miracle in the soul.

I saw a bottle whirl, when it was broken open,

Scribbling a manuscript with glass.

I saw a soul take wings,

Merging with the energy of the sun.

My dog speaks to me in a barking tongue,

Telling of the howling tornadoes of the night;

I dream of man, lying in the Heart of Life.

Carve your words,

In a way that makes sense to you,

But let others dream their own story.

Bring forth the kernels of thy roots,

Perching, like a bird, upon the branch of music,

Dancing with cadence, on the tree of life.

Why restrict thyself? Come! Reach out to

The golden forest of infinitude. Be Free!

Why are you so enchanted here?

There is a diamond valley in another land.

Why try to describe the flower,

When the fragrance of its beauty lies within?

Dive deep, o Lover, for this great Pearl of Light,

Shining in the opulence of the Heart.

My words are articulately crazy, yet

I laugh and sing in the soul of man.”

Lantern Carrier, 4th November, 2017.

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      Too true, Ann

      Thank you so much for you wise observation. Appreciated.

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      Ann Carr 4 months ago from SW England

      Poetic language is inspired by all these wonderful things in life. They have their own language and we try to translate it but often fail miserably, rather than letting them speak for themselves. Good piece.


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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      Yes, yes, my Dear Anusha, and again, no.

      Such is the paradox of life. Perhaps without the paradox it cannot work. The Seers say that it is impossible to describe, yet they come and all use words. Guru Nanak even says that they are necessary as does Nisagadatta.

      So lets use them...lol.

      I think that you are so beautiful!! yet again the measure of your beauty is unbounded. Still, as humans, we both get joy in the attempt. Ha ha.

      So lovely to see you! Don't mind my rambling... just get used to me. Hari Om!!

      P.S Msdora may help with your work. Make friends. My appreciations...

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      Anusha Jain 4 months ago from Delhi, India

      You have a beautiful creation here. I loved the couple of the lines talking about flower, its fragrance, and our futile attempts of describing its beauty. But we don't stop our futile attempts, do we? We continue to make irrelevant comparisons by giving worthless descriptions and become slaves of our own narrow, small, conjusted mindsets.

      Again, great post.

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      Ah, Gypsy.

      Thank you so much!!!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Nice to see your sublime poetry here again Manatita. This was wonderful and inspirational.

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      Mitchell, I thank you, my brother-friend. I will visit some of you later. Much appreciation...much!

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      Mitchell Marso 4 months ago from Mankato, MN

      I love how words are often disguised as symbolism of logic, truth, emotion, and perception. Truth is, they're the elegant and artistic beauty of language. Your art is amazing, Manatita :)

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      Ah, my Dee,

      You're here. Checked you out yesterday, nothing new, it seems. Will look again. Thank you so much!!

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      Dora Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Who better to answer the question in your title? As usual, you do an excellent job of reviving our spirits with these ethereal themes.

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      Thanks Linda,

      You are a beautiful soul. God bless you, God bless British Columbia.

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      Linda Crampton 4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It's lovely to read another of your poems. As others have said, I've missed them! As always, the imagery in the poem is beautiful and thought provoking. The quote at the start of your article is powerful.

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      Ah! My Sweet.

      I did not realise that you are still active here. So good to see you. Gives me a happy day. God bless.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 months ago from TEXAS

      As always, your words are like music and wisdom combined! Have missed reading them and seeing you!

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      Hey Guys.

      Linda, Bill, Eric. So nice to see you all!! Happy to be back. Sorry about the heavy frost, Linda. Thank you all so much!!

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      Linda Lum 4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      I am shivering in the cold this morning; a heavy frost has covered our landscape. Nevertheless, I am warm within; my heart is full of joy to overflowing to see words written by you once again. Welcome back dear friend. You have been missed.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And therein lies the answer! So beautiful....welcome back, my friend, and blessings to you always.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is good to see your writing again. This piece is very nice.