Ode to The Dark Side. A Sonnet, by Manatita


The darkest night is generally a precursor to the greatest Light, and, as so often happens, the Light shines in the Heavens, even when the Shadows are dense. That which is bitter to endure will one day be sweet to remember, as it provides the pathway ,or gateways of treasure to the Soul.

May your Path be smooth and trouble-free, but, if the Wise One, in Its goodness, deems it necessary to grant you the boon of one borne out of Struggle, then may She walk with you, as an expression of Fortitude, to bear well your burden.

Ultimately, there is only the Light that transforms, and may you, with God-speed, become an ever-effulgent and shimmering beacon, of that deathless Love.


O Harbinger of the Nether Regions,

You who slept in my mind,

Burned in my emotions,

And agonised my Spirit.

Deep, deeper, deepest Night,

Not knowingly did I seek Thy face.

Yet You wallowed in my ignorance,

Danced in my despair,

Became a furnace for my tears.

O Friend of Shadows,

Thy Path opened up before me,

A Chasm of Fire, only to preen my Soul.

For out of a Penury of Darkness,

You’ve removed all my impediments and made me Love.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted, 22nd August 2015.

~ Awakening The Inner Light ~


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billybuc 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

Can adversity help us? If we are willing to learn from it, yes? We truly find out about ourselves when we are faced with the seemingly impossible.

Love what you did here, but that should come as no surprise.

blessings on this Sunday

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manatita44 18 months ago from london Author

Blessings also, my Dear Brother,

I am here with 1500 Divine Souls, and there really is nothing but Spirituality manifested in this setting.

Somehow I always remember where you came from, a mixture of Light and darkness, and the resultant shining Jewel that you have become. And so perhaps you are one of those that qualify to appreciate my poem.

I feel that we would both be grateful for the adversity, and indeed we have both touched on this before. A very warm embrace to you, today, my Friend. In Love and Light.

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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean

Funny, I had a nightmare last night--really on the dark side. "That which is bitter to endure . . . provides the pathway ,or gateways of treasure to the Soul." Your words are true and meaningful on so many levels.

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manatita44 18 months ago from london Author

Yes, my Sweet. Your Heart already know this.

Nightmare? Much of this generally comes from an active mind. You can beat this! Practice positive affirmations just before retiring. Continue to offer Gratitude also and all should be well. I thank you for your loving contribution. Much Love.

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rebeccamealey 18 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Beautifully written and illustrated! You have a way with words!

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bravewarrior 18 months ago from Central Florida

It seems we are constantly being tested. Sometimes I wish it would just stop. I always overcome, but it becomes so tiresome at times.

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manatita44 18 months ago from london Author

Hi Rebecca.

Nice name. I like it. Thank you for coming and for your heartfelt contribution. Much Peace to you.

Hi Shauna.

Tests will always be there, my Sweet. It is our tears both inner and outer, that will take us to Heaven. He who would see the Light must first serve the darkness.

Anyway, I do not take it so hard. Why is it so troublesome for you? Drop me a line. In Love and Light.

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ChitrangadaSharan 18 months ago from New Delhi, India

Very beautiful and powerful composition.

Yes adversity can help us to learn. I believe we become stronger when we face challenges. In fact we discover our hidden power, our perseverance when faced with adversities.

As always wonderful and insightful work. Thank you!

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manatita44 18 months ago from london Author

Hello, my Friend. You are so right! Blessings ... much Love.

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BlossomSB 18 months ago from Victoria, Australia

We can learn so much from adversity, but we don't always like it, especially when it's actually happening, although we can look back and see how we've grown from the experience. A great hub.

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manatita44 18 months ago from london Author

Gratitude, my loving Friend. Always good to hear from you. Much Peace.

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annart 18 months ago from SW England

We should all learn from adversity for if we do not, then our lives are not the better for it.

Love the message.


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manatita44 18 months ago from london Author

Thank you so much Ann. Yes, a good message, that one. Love to you and family.

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Lady_E 18 months ago from London, UK

That was deep. Does Adversity help us? ~ A little. Too much of it can make one have less faith and turn to other things...possibly addictions, then depression and those who are very weak just end it all.

I particularly liked the second paragraph at the beginning. It's never easy to carry a burden alone.

Cheers and Happy Bank Holiday weekend.

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manatita44 18 months ago from london Author

My Sweet Friend,

How are you? What can I say? I truly appreciate your input here, and I am glad that you visited the poem. Read it again in a week or six months or so. Who knows, you may see it in a new Light.

Hope that your weekend is great also. You know I'm on a pilgrimage in NY, right? Every day we sing, pray, meditate ....

Much Love.

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aviannovice 18 months ago from Stillwater, OK

You did well with this one. Indeed it is a Path that we really all must follow. Some choose to ignore the signs, but they will always be there. Recognition is the key...

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manatita44 18 months ago from london Author

As always Deb,

You show much discernment. My Love and Gratitude to you. Peace.

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Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

Well, I really liked this poem as well. You, my friend, are a very talented poet I see. :) I also love the celestial film; the flowers' opening gave me a tingly feeling; I almost could smell the fragrance escaping from them. :) I didn't get to watch a lot, but I loved what I viewed and definitely enjoyed what I read. Great Hub!

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manatita44 9 months ago from london Author

Thank you so much, Missy. Missed that one. Much Love.

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