The Sacrament of The Present Moment. To Mrs Doris Dancy and Family by Manatita

For Your diligence, kindness, gift for story-telling and the beauty of a Soul in Christ.


Come, my Beloved, Quell the ignorance of my unruly mind;

Like fire in wood, burn all my lingering doubts of millennia!

No more heavy burdens of past afflictions;

Now as I knock on the gates of Your Heart-Citadel,

Bring forward my looming apprehensions,

In the expediency of today.

Let all my past woes and future urgencies, like salt,

Dissolve in a whirlwind current of rapid streams;

Make me worthy of the Sacrament of the Present Moment.


Beloved, augment my power of discernment.

Let me learn from the green ferns,

The lilies; the fauna of nature ...

As even Solomon in all his glory,

Fell short of their peerless majesty;

Their tapestry of colours and poise.

No more special Saturdays, Sunday ‘chills’ or ritual prayers.

All I know, is that I need Your sweet serenity inside my Heart;

Your Peace, in the Sacrament of the Present Moment.

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Time is dragging heavy; each moment

Carries its own dawns and new regrets.

Why then, like the deer,

Should I dwell on my own shadows?

Should I forget the musk that is within my own being?

I wish to reminisce along the banks of the Yamuna,

With a flute in my hands and Your glory on my lips,

With pranams in adoration,

To Your Sacrament of the Present Moment.


Beloved, now in this Here and Now,

Here in this angel-blessed moment,

Let this glowing Light - the Grace which makes the dumb speak

And the blind see -

Bless me with the rapture of Thy mercy;

May Your Love radiate in the magnificence of my Soul,

In the Presence of the Eternal Now.

-Manatita (Bard of Solace.) 20th July, 2014. ©Copyrighted.

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taiwokareem 2 years ago from Salford

i love your use of words


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

God, you're quick, Taiwo. I was still working on it. God bless you, bro. I saw a very nice comment on your Hub. I feel happy for you. You have much promise. Keep going. Peace.


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Um Manatita, Heart melting romantic poem here for her with a flowing dedication. I love it! Keep it up!


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Thanks Word55.

So good of you to re-visit. I appreciate this. God bless you.


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taiwokareem 2 years ago from Salford

thank you bro and yeah i'm a fast reader and when i don't understand then i reread it again but your use of grammar is exceptional


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Doris Dancy 2 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

Manatita,

What an honor you have given to my family and mostly to me. You leave me almost speechless. Your words of such power, with the dichotomy of gentleness, are unbelievably beautiful and meaningful. "Beloved, now in this Here and Now, Here in this angel-blessed moment, Let this glowing Light - the Grace which makes the dumb speak And the blind see -Bless me with the rapture of Thy mercy; May Your Love radiate in the magnificence of my Soul, In the Presence of the Eternal Now." Manatita

Living in the here and now, void of our constant habit to reach back to past sorrows, fears, and heartbreaks lead us to an ability to move forward in our present. A very difficult lesson to learn. However, if we can but train the mind to appreciate the glories in front of us, what peace we find. Christ is forever attempting to focus us on Him and all that He brings to us in the "Eternal Now," …this moment…this event…this TIME. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.…" We all are here together in this moment, and God has graced us with a unique connection through our voices. It is my prayer that we learn NOW to appreciate the gift of learning from one another, and "let Love radiate...In the Presence of the Eternal Now." I cannot thank you enough for the TIME you have given me…TIME that cannot be returned to you…an invaluable gift, and words of gratitude are inadequate.

The song, "Here and Now" is absolutely beautiful, and I know I have already listened to it at least six times.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

So I'm told, Taiwo, so I'm told. Have a great day at work today.


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taiwokareem 2 years ago from Salford

Thanks manatita and thanks for your help and inspiration.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is so very very beautiful. " Dwell on my own shadows " You are a master wordsmith. Loved your tribute....


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Thank you so much Ruby.

Great to have your loving contribution once again.


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vkwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

Wonderful and amazing poetry, Manatita!


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Deepest gratitude my dear friend,

Your contributions are always appreciated and noted with joy in my heart.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Always so inspiring my friend, your writing fills me with light. Jamie


manatita44 2 years ago

Thanks Jamie.

I will go to NY soon and check out the mentioned café. Lots of love.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Doris,

I seem to have missed commenting on your heartfelt contribution somehow.

My pleasure. Thank you for your keen observations. Giving and receiving. I take from you and you take from me also. Lovingly and soulfully, of course. Your kind words are noted and inwardly cherished. God bless your family this special weekend.


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Yes, there is an eternal now. It is all in what we make of it.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london Author

Thanks Deb.

Your contribution is noted, and yes, we all have to do our part. Cheers.

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