The Paradox of Struggle. A Sonnet Dedication to Frank Atanacio, A Great Writer


I watch in awe, as the woman struggles,

Face contorted; beads of sweat pouring down her fragile frame.

Eyes shut painfully tight from forcing; flushed with pain.

“Push!” The midwife shouts, “Push!” I drift away …

I am reminded of the journey of the Soul.

Not unlike this woman’s.

As It struggles against darkness and ignorance,

Pleasure and pain, as the Inner Midwife calls: “Come! Come! “

Startled, I hear a cry as the new-born babe burst forth;

Its mothers heart, a paragon of Joy unparalleled.

So too my Soul, wrapped in the cocoon of a trillion rhapsodies,

Dances in the radiance of one thousand flares,

Unravelling its isolation, in rays of golden sunbeams,

Crying with the Delight, of a new awakening.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier.© Copyrighted, 7th June, 2016.

~ Awakening The Inner Light~


What is the end product of Struggle

  • Life
  • Freedom
  • Oneness
  • Love, ...Peace ...Joy ...Surrender
  • Silence and Self-Transcendence
  • Other
See results without voting

© 2016 manatita44

More by this Author


shanmarie profile image

shanmarie 4 months ago from Texas

I like both the title and the poll you included because they add a new dimension to your poem other than simply describing childbirth. Very thought-provoking.

manatita44 profile image

manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

Thanks Shanmarie. Good to see you. I'm really not describing childbirth. I'll be much more vivid (smile). The poem is metaphorical and starts changing at the end of the fourth line: 'I drift away ...'

Good to have differing views though. Have another look. Thanks a lot, my Dear. Best wishes.

Frank Atanacio profile image

Frank Atanacio 4 months ago from Shelton

I agree with shanmarie, you paint the birth wonderfully with words bless you bro..:)

manatita44 profile image

manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

Thank you so much Frank. Great to see you again. Much Love.

Ericdierker profile image

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

What great memories you bring to mind of my four children. Tears of joy.

Thank you.

Venkatachari M profile image

Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Wonderful sonnet. The comparison of child's journey from mother's womb into the world with the soul's journey of ignorance to light or self-transcendence is beautiful.

always exploring profile image

always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois

I must say that this is a favorite, depicting birth and struggling so beautifully. Frank is special, his writing keeps one glued to his seat..

manatita44 profile image

manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

To Eric: Thank you; thank you, Brother Eric. Glad to be of service.

Venkatachari: Excellent!! You got my main message. I was metaphorically speaking.

Ruby, thank you so much. I do these sometimes, like the journey of the boat compared to that of the Soul, tossing and turning on the tides of life.

rajan jolly profile image

rajan jolly 4 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Awesome poem Bro. There is new awakening in both the cases, and how similar these two are in their end result, though headed in opposite directions.

manatita44 profile image

manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

Yes, yes, Brother Rajan. Interesting, Eh? Thank you so much!

MsDora profile image

MsDora 4 months ago from The Caribbean

There's not a feminine heart (mother or not) who will read this poem without exhaling. I bet the men understand it too. Simply great!

manatita44 profile image

manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

Thank you so much my Sweet Dee. You know of the pains, eh? (chuckle)

A great compliment indeed!!

billybuc profile image

billybuc 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

One excellent writer pays tribute to another. We need more of this on HP. Thank you, Manatita, and thank you, Frank, for raising the bar in your respective genres.

BlossomSB profile image

BlossomSB 4 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Such a lovely tribute - from the depths of pain and trial comes deep joy.

manatita44 profile image

manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

Thank you so much, Bill. Appreciated.

BlossomSB, Namaste! From struggle comes joy indeed! Much Love.

Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

Gypsy Rose Lee 4 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Frank is truly a great writer and deserving of this wonderful tribute.

manatita44 profile image

manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

Indeed Gypsy. You are so right!

cam8510 profile image

cam8510 4 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

What would freedom be without the struggle except simply a different norm, or the struggle without the hope of freedom except a cruel joke? I loved this one. Very insightful.

manatita44 profile image

manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

Thank you, my Brother. You came. Appreciated.

Deb Hirt 4 months ago

To me, this is a transition, which could encompass many things. It is much deeper than the both of a being, it is an awakening from one state of being to another.

manatita44 4 months ago

Yes, yes... borne from the fruit of experience. Thanks Deb.

manatita44 4 months ago

Thanks Deb, speaks of the Higher Truth and is much deeper, yes. Much Love.

bravewarrior profile image

bravewarrior 3 months ago from Central Florida

Manatita, I think this is the most beautiful poem you've written yet. Frank must be so honored!

manatita44 profile image

manatita44 3 months ago from london Author

This, to me anyway, is my most beautiful and also my most popular poem. I've done a video with it: 3 1/2 mins long.

I really like this one though, another metaphorical poem, depicting the life of struggle followed by the joy of the woman, as is the Soul which finally merges in God. Much Love, my sweet.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

    Click to Rate This Article