The Casket, A Sonnet



Guard of Honour


A wee square poem of fourteen lines

The Casket was covered in satin and fine silk;

Yet conveyed the sombre smell of many coffins.

Carried by men in dark shades and black berets,

It was conspicuous among the military salutes;

Adorned by flowers of the most fragrant kind.

Yet I heard the screaming mothers;

Saw the scarred faces of the children,

As the airplanes rained a maze of terror down below.

Today those fine drapes hid untold secrets of struggle—

Of pain, hunger and human suffering.

One child, a victim of the revolution,

Placed a bright red rose on the middle of the Casket.

Today was a day of mourning; of forgiveness … dignity and respect.

Love was still on duty … just.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. ©Copyrighted 14th October, 2016.

~ Awakening The Inner Light ~

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. ©Copyrighted 14th October, 2016.



War is not new and mankind has always struggled. We did in pre-historic times and just two thousand years ago, we were at it again. Greed/supremacy, power, ego, anger and attachments ... constantly seem to lead to separation, isolation, division, insecurity and fear.

We've gone deaf to the melody of the nightingales, singing of Love in the Soul of man and grown complacent. Things have changed, yes, but the means of creating conflict are still there, just more sophisticated and seemingly cultured. Amidst all this, Love patiently stalks our Hearts and like the rays of the sun, awaits the opening of our windows; the unfurling of our sails, to peep through or set sail. Glory Be!

Do Not Stand at My Grave And Weep

War and Conflict

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Gina Welds-Hulse 4 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

It seems that we've seen so much death lately. My best friend's sister recently lost her son to a shooting. He was buried this past weekend. I cannot imagine the pain she was be burying her child.

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manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

Yes. Extremely sorrowful. I looked at Tyson Gay with his head buried to his chest and really felt for him. The pains we have to carry! Much Love, Gina.

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MarleneB 4 months ago from Northern California, USA

It is sad to see all the violence in this world, leading to so much pain. Yet, as your poem reminds us, love always stands ready and willing to be displayed. A small act of love can elevate a hard heart to a softening that might not have happened otherwise.

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cam8510 4 months ago from Colorado Springs, CO until the end of March

These words seem to be probing for meaning of life, loss and conflict. You touched on something in the paragraphs following your lovely poem. Fear. Following the event of September 11, 2001, I believe America and much of the world reacted out of fear. It was fear of doing nothing after such a horrible attack. Fear of the unseen enemy. Something so powerful and horrible as war should not be used as a thoughtless reaction but as a well thought out action in which those who decide are wise and can see far into the future. They see consequences, and the high price of such a decision in more lives being lost. I would think that war, then, would be a rarely utilized solution.

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manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

Marlene, my Very Sweet.

How are you? I was thinking of you in Germany and wondering how you are. My prayers are with you and yours.

Seers, Rishis, Spiritual Masters; God-men ... they all come into this world, preaching the message of Love. So crucial to our inner health!

I feel sad too. Let us Love and serve ... widen our Hearts ... we serve others best by soulfully self-giving: prayerfully, psychically, mentally, physically, financially ... an outpouring of the Heart and Soul in myriad forms. Let us continue ... So good to hear from you. God speed!

My Brother Cam, how are you? Interesting thought. I feel that with prayer our Lord guides us to our own individual avenues of dealing with this. No one way. I still say the message of the Seers is still as relevant today as ever.

Yes, Fear, probably one of the biggest. Fear springs from the unknown; from insecurity; from trying to live in the future, but all we ever have is the Eternal Now. Still, what's to do? It is God's world and inwardly I'm directed to do my part.

I see a great vision for America. This land that has produced Jefferson, Whitman. Lincoln and Washington; as well as Ali, Luther King and others cannot fail. The seeds of Emily Dickinson and the spirituality of Emerson is rooted in the American Consciousness and cannot fail. But God never hurries. It is all a matter of time. I Thank you for your kind contribution. Much Love.

Gina, I forgot to add condolences to you and especially the mother of that child. I wish all God's Peace.

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always exploring 4 months ago from Southern Illinois

Sometimes I think we forget that every time a warrior falls, a mother cries. Greed fuels wars. This was a touching piece. I loved it!

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MarleneB 4 months ago from Northern California, USA

Hello Manatita! I am doing fine. I haven't been on HubPages for a while. I am going through a phase. I'm doing very little writing and spending more time quietly searching to "find" myself. Much love and many blessings to you, my dear friend.

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manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

Thank you. You help me a lot, Ruby. Do you know every time I write such a piece, or rather every time I read it in public I feel sad. I did this piece last night and the one about the downtrodden, the so called scums of the earth. I felt not myself. I don't like to read them, and yet they have their value somehow. Thanks for reading. Loving thoughts.

Marlene, I welcome this. God speed!!

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Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

It's a very touching and emotional one making us feel very sad and heavy in the heart. Wars are never welcome. Yet, our governments and people indulge in it again and again. The lad placing a Rose on the casket is a very nice thing that you added to it. It sends the message of Love and Peace.

I have been much inactive since some days, due to my computer developing problems again and again and also due to my engagement in celebrating the 4th death anniversary of my wife and in some household repairing works.

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billybuc 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

Sadly beautiful, my friend, and oh so timely and true. I'm glad you found the inspiration to write this powerful piece...carry on, Bro!

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vasantha T k 4 months ago from Bangalore

!! Wars are painful manatita, lets pray to almighty for a peaceful world!!

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MsDora 4 months ago from The Caribbean

Manatita, the image of the casket brought me some sad thoughts, but that's expected. "Amidst all this . . ." there's plenty to be grateful for and I shout with you, "Glory be."

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manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

Venkatachari M.

I feel that you are a good man; many of my friends feel the same. I send you whatever little fortitude that God has given me at this time, and all my condolences. That said, The Supreme is a Master Potter. He gives us seemingly impossible insurmountables, only to prepare us for the Higher Bliss.

Yes, you got that rose right. It is so difficult for me not to end with Love, for I see this everywhere, even in the darkness. Thank you so much, my bro. Courage, my Friend ... courage.

Bill, I thank you. All credit to you! Much Love, my Friend.

Vasantha TK, How I support your ardent fervour! Praise be! Gratitude ... much.

Amen for that, Dee. Amen for that. I am so grateful for knowing you all these years. Some people I would love to meet, and you are one of them. Who knows the ways of the Lord? Joy and Peace.

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manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

Dee, a small addition: I do not wish to say I understand your grief, but send you my Love and wish you the Peace of Christ Jesus. Joy and Peace.

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MizBejabbers 4 months ago

Manatita, I read this poem. I can't comment any further because I lost my son in August and my feelings are still too raw. His casket was a light blue.

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manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

So sorry for your loss, Miz. What can I say? I cannot share your pain, but I can offer my prayers and wish you the Love and Compassion of Christ Jesus. Do you know this poem? When I am Gone Remember me? Also, When I Depart from This World? They are very positive poems of mines.

No pressure. Healing for Loved ones do take time. I was saying that I looked at Tyson Gay and his head was down to his chest. His daughter was 15, I believe. So sad. Please accept my heartfelt empathy. The video and poem above by Mary Elizabeth Frye about passing, is one of my favourites and is sung at many funerals. Perhaps it may help ... only when you feel ready.

If it helps, you are one of those on my list for having a beautiful Spirit, and God looks after His near and Dear Ones. Infinite Love from all my Soul.- Manatita

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MizBejabbers 4 months ago

Thank you so much, M. It is the earthly side of me who grieves. The spiritual side knows to rejoice.

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manatita44 4 months ago from london Author

Paradoxically it is the same with Guru and disciple. Even there is attachments and we hear that Christ wept. What a Divine mystery?

The Buddha told Ananda that he had nothing more to say; yet Ananda was so sad! I'm sure there is a sort of purpose in grief, somehow. God bless your Spirit.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 months ago from Riga, Latvia

There is too much grief in this world lately. Your poetic words remind that we must do what we can to change this.

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manatita44 3 months ago from london Author

Yes, Gypsy. So much of that stuff. Much sadness, of late.

The Casket came on in my e-mail and I suddenly realised that you're not in America. You must miss it! Much Love.

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annart 3 months ago from SW England

Love the last line. So many lives lost and it keeps on and on and on. So much for 'lest we forget', especially as we're now coming round yet again to Armistice Day.


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manatita44 3 months ago from london Author

Yes, I was thinking that I had not wished you Happy Halloween. Frankly, I prefer Diwali, which is so much more like our Christmas ... of Light and Beauty; of triumph over darkness/evil.

Yes, here and in America I hear of the sad things. This is what prompted me to write those two very positive essays on America. Sometimes we forget that there is still so much good. We just don't hear of it.

I did the Mother Sweet Poem, The Casket Poem; Incantations to Love and A Tapesty of Colours on Thursday night. This is probably the first time that I had so many people coming up to me and shaking my hands. It was surreal!

Thank you so much my English Sister. Sometimes I write like the Heart feels. Hope you don't mind my calling you that. Much Love.

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annart 3 months ago from SW England

We don't do Hallowe'en, too Americanised! It wasn't something we did as children apart from a few ghost and witch stories and I'm not keen on people just knocking on the door willy nilly. All the hype in the shops etc annoys me and it's pure commercialism. Ok, rant over!

It's important to remember the soldiers - of all nationalities. Governments do forget or they don't care and the circle goes around and around. That's why I'm proud to wear my poppy.


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manatita44 3 months ago from london Author

Well here in London its highlighted! I think both Cameron and the Monarchy were into it. The FA has asked footballers to challenge FIFA for banning poppies at significant matches.

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