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What is Poetic Language?


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.

Rumi's Poetry

Poetry's Source

© 2017 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on November 07, 2018:

I taught in Nairobi,Kenya, but visited America for the Sri Chinmoy Celebrations. It is always in Jamaica, Queens, New York

Mitchell Marso from Mankato, MN on November 07, 2018:

You have been quite the traveler. That sounds amazing! What part of the states were you visiting and teaching?

manatita44 (author) from london on November 06, 2018:

Im well. Africa April to July. America August then Germany afterwards. Some work in between. Poetry and wriitng as normal.

Mitchell Marso from Mankato, MN on November 06, 2018:

Oh, ya know... a little inspiration here, a little inspiration there. I've been writing music mostly. With some drawings and paintings, as well. The cruddy weather definitely lowers my sails. Would love to be in a warmer climate.

And how about you, sir?

manatita44 (author) from london on November 06, 2018:

Thanks Mitchell.

Missed you. How are your artistic ventures going? Much Love.

Mitchell Marso from Mankato, MN on November 06, 2018:

"Carve your words, in a way that makes sense to you, but let others dream their own story."

Your words still ring beautifully, Manatita!

manatita44 (author) from london on November 05, 2018:

Ha ha, Mr happy.

When you are 'happy' then the inspiration comes. Chuckle. I understand, bro and I'm bordering on the mystical. Thank you so much!

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on November 05, 2018:

Poetry makes my brain twist so much ... I don't get it but I still try once in a while. I try different people's poems, from different times ... nothing. Haha!!

I've read a lot of Shakespeare. I wrote essays for others in highschool to make a buck, or two. It was good - I liked it but that's as far as my poetry understanding goes.

I enjoyed reading your comments here and those of others, in particular Mrs. Anusha Jain and Mrs. Ann Carr. I understand a little from reading the comments. Otherwise, poetry seems to be written on soundwaves which I cannot merge with.

I gotta run - a friend just came by. All the best!

manatita44 (author) from london on November 16, 2017:

Too true, Ann

Thank you so much for you wise observation. Appreciated.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 16, 2017:

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.


manatita44 (author) from london on November 08, 2017:

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...

Anusha Jain from Delhi, India on November 07, 2017:

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.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 07, 2017:

Ah, Gypsy.

Thank you so much!!!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 07, 2017:

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

manatita44 (author) from london on November 05, 2017:

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

Mitchell Marso from Mankato, MN on November 05, 2017:

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 :)

manatita44 (author) from london on November 05, 2017:

Ah, my Dee,

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

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 05, 2017:

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

manatita44 (author) from london on November 05, 2017:

Thanks Linda,

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 04, 2017:

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.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 04, 2017:

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.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on November 04, 2017:

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

manatita44 (author) from london on November 04, 2017:

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!!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 04, 2017:

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.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 04, 2017:

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

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 04, 2017:

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

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