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Without You, My Love, All Else Is Meaningless to Me. To the Lovely Shauna Bowling. Tuesday's Inspiration 17


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

A Heart of Love


Without You, my Love, All Else Is Meaningless to Me

A good comb will lift the hair, its

Point untangling the braided strands,

Removing the sediments from its locks.

Love is the comb that lifts the Heart,

Its tongue the tool, to erase my shadows.

I was once shackled to the black mists of

Fear, like one stuck in sand dunes in the desert.

Yet I rose from scarred wounds, ascended on the

Wings of Love, my Heart now focused on its flames.

I once saw an arrow, fly straight into the

Magpie of its target. Yet the winning

Dart was so adept, that it penetrated

The shaft, hitting the red eye, dead on

Centre. Of such intensity, is my Love for You.

In Your presence, I sometimes feel like a young

Country maid --bashful, innocent; eyes and head

Both lowered in reticence; yet I somehow follow

Without feet, even to the edge of the naked moon.

Purple Hyacinths


When the night’s curtains open, and the day dawns,

I’m like a ray of sacred reverence. For You

Scan the portals of my soul’s beauty, igniting

A glimmering candle in its core.

My Shyama, the door of Heaven opens, filling

Me up with its opulence, like an Aladdin’s cave.

You’re my ‘Open Sesame’; my Genie of the Lamp.

I was an oasis, shaded by clouds in the desert;

Summoned the moon on starry nights. Now that You're

With me, everything blends, in the breath of Thy symphony.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 23rd February, 2017

Purple Clematis


The Way of Love

The Chela said: “What is Love?” The Seer replied:

“It is the Light of Invisible and visible forms;

It is the lowest and highest; the very strands,

Binding the melody of the Flautist, in this cosmic dance.

It is the ebony and ivory; the myriad hues;

It is the ‘no name’; ‘no place’, pure Emptiness.

It is all One –sentient; non-sentient; the quest

For meaning, arising from the very pulse, of Being.”

The Chela said: “Love makes me vulnerable.”

“Indeed, it does”, replied the Seer once more.

“Look at the baby-bird. It is in the art of falling,

That it eventually soars to the vast perennial heavens.”

“How can I learn to fly?” He asked. “The

Instructor teaches,” replied the Seer. “He gives

Us goggles, pull-buoys, flotillas and leg-paddles.

Yet how will we swim, if we remain afraid of the water?”

“Dive deep within, you may inhale a little.

Yet this river of wine has many layers, and will

One day unshackle the bonds off all attachments,

Save that of the Bliss of the One, from whence it came.”

The Bhikku bowed and became illumined,

Travelling the way of the Dhamma, at glorious speed.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 15th August, 2021

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

Thanks Brenda.

Indeed an everlasting kind. Much peace.

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

Long time. How are you doing? Good to see jou and hugs to the children. Gratitude

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on February 24, 2021:

Gorgeous poetry

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 24, 2021:


Your words are touching as always.

It is great that if we dive deep enough we find Love.

It is an everlasting kind.

Happy Birthday Shauna ( a little bit early)Enjoy March 3rd.

Take care Manatita44.

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

Haha, Gina.

Then perhaps I'll do one for you. Chuckle. When's your birthday and again, how are you feeling these days? One final question, you were always good at herbs. Anything for painful 'computer fingers.'? I see that you have visited two Hubs. Muchisimas Gracias!

Gina Welds Hulse from Rockledge, Florida on February 24, 2021:

This poem made me think of my deceased lover....The words went right to the heart.

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

Haha, my Sweet Rinita.

Then it is a victory for you, for me and most importantly, for Brahman. Jai Ram!

Rinita Sen on February 24, 2021:

It's so refreshing to read your poems again. And with each passing day, the meanings become clearer. Hope all is well.

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

Aww Sha.

I looked up my birthday tributes. Found Ann's because I saw a reference to her in Linda's Hub. She's not till May, I think. I knew there was or is a March Hubber, but I couldn't think who it was. Awesome!

Yes, I know purple is your favourite colour. It is a victory to me that these greying cells remember something at least. Haha.

You share my daughter's horoscope. Passionate people, but very kind. Sweetness ... sweetness. Yes, lots of it! Thank you for honouring my page. More soon.

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

Yes, Peggy. So many lovers of nature here and of course, Spring is already knocking on our doors. I'm grateful for the many sentiments expressed for Shauna. Much Love, Peggy.

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

Yes, Linda L,

The second is more direct Spirituality. As Sha would say, perhaps hidden in there is 'the light-bulb' moment. The first is more embellished, more mystical. The fact that you liked the second is a victory for the Divine and for us both. Gratitude ... much!

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

Manatita, you know I adore Sha, a kind, funny, generous, smart (and perhaps a bit sassy) lady. This was such a joy to read. I especially liked The Way of Love. Thank you for writing this for my dear friend.

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

Both of your poems were excellent. You are a master wordsmith and honor Shauna with your poetry. The flower photos were a lovely touch.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on February 23, 2021:

Manatita, once again I am blessed with your love and thought-provoking poetry. I appreciate the purple flowers. You know purple is my favorite color.

Your first poem is amazing. I particularly like this line: Love is the comb that lifts the Heart, Its tongue the tool, to erase my shadows.

Thank you for this and thank you all for your wonderful comments, fellow writers. You uplift me beyond words!

Manatita, this couldn't have come at a better time. My birthday is next Wednesday (March 3rd). This is starting my new year's journey off on a beautiful note!

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


My nature is always to look for another way to say something poetical. Haha. Glad you like it. This time I wanted something very practical. Great to see you, my Didi ji. Gratitude

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

A beautifully written piece and a nice tribute to dear Shauna.

Those lines about comb and hair are impressive. Loved the pictures and the poem, with deep sentiments.

Thank you for sharing.

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


You don't write much, but it feels like we're kindred Spirits. Toni, a 'shout-out' to you and hugs from me. Stay safe and blessed. Gratitude!

Toni Newton from Barbados, W.I. on February 23, 2021:

This piece is breathtakingly beautiful. Talk about elevation! Bless you all.

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

You're honest, Mary.

Great to see you always and Higher blessings to you. Peace

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 23, 2021:

Such a deep poem for Shauna, speaks of her own depth. Once again, Manatita, you delve into depths I can hardly fathom but it's an invitation to dive in.

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

Devika, indeed! A loving contribution from you. Glory be!

Yes, Pamela.

A beauty, isn't it? Haha. Thank you so much!!


Yes, I know you're close. Yes, she's younger than us. Lol. Peace.

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

Sha is one of my oldest HP friends...not that she's old, mind you, just an old friendship. :) Any tribute to Sha is a tribute worth reading.

Blessings and love to you both!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 23, 2021:

This beautiful poetry about love is such a nice tribute to Shauna, another very nice Hubber I especially liked your first poem. The picture were beautiful, as well.

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

manatita44 Your tributes are touching souls and beautiful to each in a unique way.

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

Indeed, Ann, indeed! Thank you so much!!

Sankhajit, my Bhaia ji. Shukria. Asamkhya Dhanyavaad!! Hari Om!

Aww Rosina! A 'brave warrior' indeed! Appreciating your charming sentiment on Shauna's behalf.

Misbah, Assalamu Alaikum! Sweet!

There are many socials in poetry on the net. One of the most charming and safest, on every Tuesday (On tonight at 7UK time). You simply download Zoom and look at it in the comfort of your own home or room.

Run by an American, we are quite diverse and the poetry is loving and beautiful. Just a thought. Ask me for the Zoom passwords, if interested. Can also reach out to David Leo Sirois (The Host), in Spoken Word Online, on Facebook.

You have chosen an awesome line. Charming. Om Shanti!!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on February 23, 2021:

Beautiful share Manatita

I enjoyed reading it

I liked these lines most

Scan the portals of my soul’s beauty, igniting

A glimmering candle in its core.


Rosina S Khan on February 23, 2021:

Beautiful poetry, Manatita. A wonderful tribute to the Bravewarrior and amazing adept writer, Shauna. May God bless you both.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on February 23, 2021:

it's a heart touching piece...

Ann Carr from SW England on February 23, 2021:

Lovely tribute to Shauna who is one of HP's kindest and loyal members, as well as a superb writer.


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