Love Caresses Me Upon This Virgin Dawn. A Sonnet. Lovingly, to Nellieanna Hay

Lovingly, to Nellieanna

“Wherever you go, go with inspiration and aspiration.
Whatever you do, do with love and concern.
Whomever you see, see with purity's beauty
And responsibility's glory.” -Sri Chinmoy

Crimson waves

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Dawn

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Cockatiels
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Dawn sky
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A Love-Offering to Nellieanna

Something stirs my Spirit upon this morn,

I feel replenished, saturated; whole.

The sacred Light of yet another dawn,

Ever anew, replenishes my Soul.


A tiny glimmer in a Heart of Love;

I float on an ocean of crimson waves.

Caressed and kissed by sunbeams from above,

Enmeshed with Bliss from Heaven’s secret caves.


O Joy awakening upon this Light,

The songs of cockatiels fills my Core!

All where I feel Thy joyful sweet Delight,

Charmed melody do stay for evermore.


Now wide awake the sky a brilliant hue,

And autumn streams a rose-magenta view.


-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. ©Copyrighted, 24th September, 2016


~Awakening The Inner Light ~

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“Everything really does happen for a reason,

And even if you cannot understand it all,

Everything that happens to you,

Is meant to happen for the progression of your Soul.” _Sri Chinmoy

Rumi

The Awakening Dawn

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word55 2 months ago from Chicago

Beautiful sonnet for a beautiful and talented lady. Enjoyed the reading very much.


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

Hey Bro.

You're still alive!! Ha ha. Look after your self and the business. Much Love.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas

You have such a way with words and you capture the beauty and serenity of nature and dawn alike. I'm rarely awake in teh morning to witness the beauty of the dawn, but it truly is awe inspiring when I do see it. So are the sunsets, which I often admire. Beautifully expressed, my friend.


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

Thank you, shanmarie, you are not so bad yourself. An inspirational writer. I drift away, but always return to the mystical; to nature; to longing ... this is my special niche areas, if you like. Thank you so much!!.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas

Hahaha....good that you always return. You know, considering you told me you're already headed to the padded white room! See you there!


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

LOL. Shanmarie. Now you are funny!! Never take me seriously! I laugh a lot. Perhaps you do too. Good for the Soul.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas

I always appreciate a good laugh. My sense of humor is um . . .unique. . .sometimes, if that's the word. Sometimes my attempts at humor aren't so funny to others. LOL. But I suppose sense of humor is different for everyone. At any rate, I do think laughter truly is the best medicine for the soul.


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threekeys 2 months ago from Australia

A beautiful poem of honours for your friend Nellieanna. One of the lines that caught my imagination was .."floating on crimson waves"...

What also caught my eyes this time manitita was the last four lines you quoted by Sri Chinmoy. I used to live by that philosophy and it brought much comfort , peace and comfort into my life. I wish I could believe it again. I would love to hear in one of your poems about how you've experienced the Universe not to be a series of non connecting randomness.


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

Yes, shanmarie. Keeps us like children. God loves that... the Heart loves that and the Soul, for that matter. I'm like you, not so good at telling it, so I sometimes laugh at my own.

Monk to sandwich seller: "Make me one with everything!"

Seller does this then the Monk asks for change.

Seller: "Change comes from within!" Have a great Sunday.

ThreeKeys: Yes.... yes... I feel your struggle. You do not have to tell me. I feel it. No bad thing. If you know the way to go, it's already a start. Pray to God to increase your aspiration, that burning inner flame or longing without which nothing can be done.

So glad that you read this poem and my Mentor's poem also. Sri Chinmoy was a remarkable visionary. We feel that He is still alive, guiding us all the time. Much Love, ThreeKeys.

P.S. Earth will continue to be ungrateful. Go inwards.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas

LOL you too


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

Part Two, Threekeys.

Grace is neccesary and this must be accompanied by God's Hour or if you like, my time had come. I had much spiritual fervour as a child. I read a book in 1982 and everything changed! The Christ says that you must be born again. It is a spiritual birth in the seekers Soul. Nothing else, and that book was my catalyst. There are others too.

This whole Universe is nothing but Spirit, playing its Divine game in myriad ways. You may find my book on Amazon useful. My Guru Sri Chinmoy: Life And Teachings.


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Venkatachari M 2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Beautiful poem and that of Rumi also. You present everything so awesomely. A beautiful dedication to our wonderful lady, Nellieanna.


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

Gratitude, my Friend. Hyderabad, is it? Similar times, perhaps. One day, inshal'lah, perhaps I'll visit. Much Love to the family.


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Venkatachari M 2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Yes, my Bro. I am in Hyderabad. But times are different. You are 5 hours and 30 minutes back from me. I will love to see you.


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

Oh!I see

Thanks for the info.


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billybuc 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

I'm not sure there is a nicer person on the internet than Nellieanna. You chose well, Manatita, and you did her justice.

blessings to you both


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always exploring 2 months ago from Southern Illinois

This is another beautiful dedication to a lovely lady. I especially loved Sir Chinmoy's last stanza. Thank you..

Hugs and blessings...


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Nellieanna 2 months ago from TEXAS

I feel very good that you think well of me, Manatita and others who expressed it. Thank you.

Of course, I'm well aware thatI have feet of clay, but you shine your light on the whole person to point out that there are other things which count too! That rebirth is important, though when it really occurs is not as 'cut and dry' as many would have one expect. Perhaps it's a daily recurrence.

What l love most about your kind tributes to some of us, dear friend, is that you're writing about the major beautiful things in life mostly and provide some of us a seat in the audience to enjoy them with you and to bask in the light of - LIGHT - from that audience seat! I love the illustrations and music you included. "A Time For Us" is one of my favorites. And it's such a lovely rendition. Autumn, too - my favorite season! Now I'm replenished!

I feel very honored.


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

Thanks Ruby.

Others seem to like it too. Good on ya! Have a great Sunday!

Aahh! Nellieanna. You're a fan of Autumn too? I wrote last years Autumn poem in Dillsberg, a small village in Germany near Heidleberg. Perhaps this was the first time I'd written a poem actually sitting there, looking at the falling leaves of Autumn, and literally seeing the setting sun. Was totally amazing!

I did not know the music. Just chose Rumi amd liked the music, of course, but it's nice to know its name.

Feet of clay; Heart of Gold! Have a very pleasant evening, my Friend.


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Nellieanna 2 months ago from TEXAS

What a lovely way to experience Autumn! Here, we sometimes get lovely, colorful Autumn leaves, and sometimes they just get brown and fall off. I've been places where they're more reliable! But there are other things about Autumn I love. There is a 'feeling' in the air and the shadows grow longer. We are having a break in the summer heat and a 'hint' of fall!

Yes, the music was written for a 1968 film production of "Romeo and Juliet". It's been performed by many since then. This has scenes and lyrics: https://youtu.be/4FHpmn-KYec


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

Thank you, Nellieanna. I will look it up. Autumn is romantic too. While there I saw lovely couples holding hands and taking a quiet stroll.


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

I have saved it. Post work I'll look tonight.


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Surabhi Kaura 2 months ago from Toronto, Canada

Picturesque and splendid! Autumn… the insignia of ecstasy. For some, it holds a riveting account of the period from the autumnal equinox to the winter solstice, while for others, it's a season of Love. You paint such a vivid picture. One is compelled to say in a loving way, "Stay... tarry a little longer." (smile). I also liked the quotes by Guru ji. Graceful. A beautiful dedication to Nellieanna!


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Nellieanna 2 months ago from TEXAS

Yes, Autumn s a lovely romantic time. George and I both loved Autumn and shared its gorgeous, cozy moods. Here the summer lingers through September but the mood of Autumn starts just the same. October is surely the ideal month. No need for A/C or for furnace. Open windows with that wispy autumnal air wafting through the house.

No need for pressure about hearing the music. There are many lovely renditions of that haunting music. One of my favorites is by André Rieu, - his lovely violin and backup orchestra. It's shown in the margin list when you open the Romeo and Juliet version. I wanted to include one with the lyrics being sung though. (It was sung by many popular singers during the 70s and 80s, as well.) It has such a soothing, loving melody, as well as a classic aura. The music is by amazing Italian composer Nino Rota who was a musical child prodigy, too.

Thank you for the kind words, Surabhi.


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

Wow! So many nice things to note here. On my way home a little earlier today. Will listen to music later.


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

By the way, Nellieanna, it was October last year and what do you know? I'm off to our Temple called Pujaloy in Heidleberg in about 12 days, God's willing. I'll be praying and meditating there for eight days, but we do go out sometimes, weekends especially, when we chat, eat, visit places. So Dillsberg is tempting me again.

In my immortal poem, When I Depart From This World, I mentioned the choo choo trains of Dillsberg. Perhaps you saw it. I don't remember. I have to do a poem now for a girl who is leaving work tomorrow for brighter times ahead. Ha ha.Much Love.


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Nellieanna 2 months ago from TEXAS

Your hubs are so full of pulsating life! I did read your poem in the hub "When I Depart From This World", but your mention of it now caused me to realize that I did not get all that was there for the having.

So I just went back and read it again and then followed up finding out about the choo choo trains of Dilsberg! I learned that the main one servicing the area is one of the fastest trains there is. Also learned that Heidelberg escaped the horrid destruction from WWII that the Nazis visited to many German cities. How lovely that your meditation is to be in such a lovely city and the lure of Dilsberg would surely be strong and irresistible -- so why should you?


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

Our Temple is on a sacred hill. There are a few steps to climp. It's designed as a rich man's house and took some years to build as we had to chip away at a lot of rocks and stones. It's called Pujaloy, the Abode of Worship and is extremely sacred. No one speaks there. It is all silence. A bell rings every 30 mins for stretching and toilet stops etc, and we continue.

I do have a poem about it here, but I'm not suggesting that you read any more. But it has a picture of Pujaloy. It is designed like a rich man's house, (to appease the conservative people at the time) but made of marble and the interior is ... well, out of this world! It overlooks the beautiful Neckar river.

Actually, Heidleberg has an old town and new town. The old is quite charming, and the University boast some truly great Souls. It is one of the oldest, and they are very proud of it. Yes, some trains are fast. Actually, I might have used the word 'bounding' in my 2015 poem, because it is not really a choo choo sound. Ever the poet, I like to embellish a bit. (Chuckle)

You're a true fan. It is not by chance that I like you, and of course your inner vision is quite deep. Such a creative Soul! You have many fans here, those who visit my poems, those who read in silence and those who don't. Remarkable!

I have done the girl's poem and already framed it for tomorrow, and I have written a charming intro and sent to an American friend with some interview questions. So I have been busy. Don't mention the cooking and the laundry. Ha ha.Not like running a farm though. Much Love.


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Nellieanna 2 months ago from TEXAS

I looked for your poem/hub about Pujaloy. Guess I need an exact title to search for it, because I didn't find it; but I did find a charming one about Dilsberg and left a comment on it.

In the search, I saw many inviting hubs!

I'm honored that people follow my stuff. Having followers was never my motivation so much as just expressing myself and what matters to me. But it is supremely gratifying when someone keys into what I've found to say about life and living it. Those are the hings which interest me more than more negative things, which, of course, are always making their own case!

So to me, focusing on the more positive, uplifting things is self-beneficial, which I think dwelling on negatives is NOT. I have trouble with why people choose to do that negativity. It's not as though one encounters no negativity in one's living, but how one encounters it is largely one's choice and focus. I feel it deeply in its time but ca let it go and be replaced by more nourishing focus. That blossoms into ever more nourishment rather than letting negatives deteriorate int ever more negatives which feed on one's soul. So, beyond benefit for oneself, looking UP even adds a little positive nudge for all of us in one's realm,- or those who choose to share in it. And a major point is that it is never all about oneself! Looking only 'there' for answers or joy is already convoluted. One needs one's own input but more as a conduit than as a source.

I give thanks for it continuously. I FEELS good. I don't deserve it, but am so thankful for it.

I look forward to your next poem, dear Manatita! There is a sacred temple within you! Hugs and blessings!!


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

I have found the poem for you. I received a phone call from a Dear friend and so I stopped for a while. Now I'm cooking but I have enclosed the link. The Temple is seen at the bottom of the poem, I believe. It was a dedication to Tillsontitan. Hope that she is well.

All you say is noble and after my own Heart, but occasionally I write sad ones. Purely for the audience at Poetry Cafe's who seem to like that kind of thing. But God knows we need some 'lifting' poems. Much Love.


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Nellieanna 2 months ago from TEXAS

Thank you for the link! I'm going to go over and read it now!

By the way, I have poet friends who write in sadder veins and/or who are in the midst of deep trials. It's reality. Acknowledging the existence of sadness in the world is often the beginning of understanding it and its effects and of triumping over it with faith.

I was thinking more about the 'poor me' kinds of dealing with it, which may also serve a purpose, but if no change or relief comes from doing so, what is the purpose other than to bask in it? But, of course, no one can judge another's feelings, pressures or motives. But I do gravitate more to the uplifting expressions.

As a style, it just seems to show the presence of a sincere degree of faith and of appreciation to be focused on as much positivity as possible. Still, I am empathetic with those who bear trials. I've 'been there' and could not speak about it had I not endured and faced very dire and real trials.


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

Too true. Now I'll be late, so later. Much Love. -Manatita


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Nadine May 2 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

As always your words are very inspiring, so are the images you add to them. Lovely.


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

Nadine, I thank you so much for your kind words. Higher blessings.

Yes, yes, Dear Nellieanna. You're a wise Soul. "Both Light and shadow, are the dance of Love." - Rumi. Gratitude.


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Nellieanna 2 months ago from TEXAS

Beautiful expression of it: "Both Light and shadow are the dance of Love." - Rumi.

Thank you.


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bravewarrior 2 months ago from Central Florida

Beautiful sonnet for a beautiful lady, Manatita. I'm sure she's seen many dawns awaken the world on her ranch.


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

Yes indeed!

Much wiser for it, I'm sure. Much Love, Dear one.


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Nellieanna 2 months ago from TEXAS

Aw, thank you, dear Shauna and Manatita. I've never lived full-time on the ranch, though. When I was a kid we always lived all the school year in town and were at the ranch from June through August. Over the years since then I've lived other places and even more recently, have enjoyed only part-times there. But it's a case of quality, not quantity, and the times spent there are memorable and so close to my heart. I've no doubt that many of my better thoughts have been born and proliferated down there!


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

Well, my Dear Nellieanna. I thought of you as living on the ranch, for some reason. I prepared a lot of work on you once, just by reading things from your website, but then I listened to your wishes and it never got done. I think I've lost it now. I would have done a kind of: Meet Bill Holland, of you too.

Still, our friendship is infinitely more important. Hari Om! (Glory be! Praise Him)


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aviannovice 2 months ago from Stillwater, OK

What a lovely description. I envisioned it all and it was truly a wonder.


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

Thank you, thank you, Deb. I appreciate this. Much Love...much.


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word55 2 months ago from Chicago

I loved reading this sonnet again. It is simply, so beautiful and full of freshness.


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manatita44 2 months ago from london Author

Thank you, my Brother. I have another for you here, too. Much Love.

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