Ode to Adversity by Manatita

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An Inspiration. May be easier to reflect on the piece

"Behind all shadows of adversity
There is prosperity.
Wait and see!
Beauty's Infinity,
Infinity's Beauty
Will clasp you behind all shadows
Of adversity-night."- Sri Chinmoy


O Goddess of Blight, o Lover of the Light,

Out of the furnace of your clay-cavern,

I have emerged a crystal vase.

Immersed in a smouldering of infirmities,

It was You who caressed my longings,

Re-fashioned my focus, and transformed my ails,

Into a sweetened paradise.


Beloved, I know now,

That You approved of my condition,

And enfolded me in a chasm of darkness-night.

With the vigilance of Love,

You watched over me day and night.

As I lost the will to be resolute,

And my hope diminished,

I saw You enfolding and lifting me with pride.

Yon angels chanted, “Alleluia!”

And the celestial bugles resonated in my Spirit.

Who can equal Your supreme mercy?

You gave me limited freedom,

A most gracious boon which I abused, and yet,

This lily white; munificent heart of Ruth,

Pulled me by that unseen,

Yet blessed cord of deliverance.

Infusing me with Your copious Love,

You granted me sweet tranquillity and perfect joy.


Beloved, I see Your divine sport,

Dancing in the shadows as it does in Light.

Blowing away the cobwebs,

From an otherwise pristine Spirit.

I now cry through this struggle, with the fruits of Love supreme.

-Manatita. (Bard of Solace). Copyrighted. 21st July, 2014.

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taiwokareem 2 years ago from Salford

You never cease to amaze me with your choice of words. It always neatly woven and flows so easily


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Beautiful work my friend. Does adversity shape us? I believe so, and I'm grateful for it. Have a wonderful weekend.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Taiwo, you are a true fan. My deepest gratitude to you, Bro. Much peace this weekend.

Billy, thanks a million! Yes, I believe so, too. God bless you and Bev, always. Peace.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Wonderful Ode here on adversity. Adversity builds character and does shape us into the person He sees in us we can be, without it ... most would never call upon Him, and we would miss out on that wonderful and intimate relationship with Him. We are being refined when the heat of trials of this life are upon us, those impurities that we want to hold onto are released each time. I am glad He is not through with me yet!

Voted up ++++ and away

Blessings always


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

You speak with much clarity here, Faith.

As I say in the poem: Alleluia! Let us give Him the glory.

'Nough' respect for your noble contribution. Much peace to the family this beautiful morning and week-end.


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taiwokareem 2 years ago from Salford

Have a wonderful weekend as well Manatita


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Yes, adversity shapes us; just ask the "crystal vase." It also empowers us to dance in both the shadows and the light. A magnificent job--this ode to adversity. Thanks for sharing such deep, inspirational, illuminating thoughts.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is one more of your very best. We all experience afflictions, yet we keep searching for that pristine spirit. This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your words with us.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Thank you so much, Ruby.

If I remember rightly, you've had your fair share. Know that my spirit is with you - God's you surely have - loving thoughts this Sunday.

Ms Dora -Yes, My sweet.

There seem to be a unanimous decision here with this one. Crystal vase, indeed! Plus Job's indomitable will. A much valued contribution. I wish you God's continuous love this Sunday evening. Thoughts for your mom also.

P.p.S. Please forgive me.


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taiwokareem 2 years ago from Salford

it is all true. Adversity brings out the best in us just like gold is purified by passing through fire


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Correct, Bro. Good to see you once more. An exquisite description. God bless this Sunday.


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taiwokareem 2 years ago from Salford

Amen.


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Kukata Kali 2 years ago

Divine piece this is! Through the forge; a new heart, mind and spirit indeed. Another opportunity to vibe up :)


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Good to see you, my kindred spirit.

Was thinking of you today, so good to see you. Much love and gratitude. Stay blessed.


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vkwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

Very wise and beautiful. Thank you for this masterpiece, Manatita.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Thank you, my friend. Really appreciated. God bless.


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Another winner by the Bard. If there was no adversity, we would succumb to boredom.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

So true, Deb.

I thought that you had visited this Hub before. So good to see you. Have a peaceful weekend by the Master's Grace.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

Very profound words ! Ode to Adversity is a wonderful creation. There is a purpose of everything and each adversity is a great teacher. Our setbacks lead us to victories and there is much grace in it. I love your beautiful words. Brother, keep sprinkling nectar. Voted up and shared.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Thank You, Harishprasad, for your sincere, loving and kind sentiment. Much gratitude.

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