The Storyteller, By Manatita

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His words carried tears from his homeland,

Borne from the prison-cell of his former struggle.

They flew over the fauna and charm of his Motherland,

Their poignancy weaving a vivid image of resilience.

Across the Manhattan floor where he now recited,

Many cried unashamedly,

As his Soul painted a solemn melody

Of pain, hope and dauntless courage.


Some thought that he’d never live to tell the tale –

That the many scars and imprints

Of suffering on his naked body,

Was a testament to his will and courage;

Yet he lived one thousand deaths!




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Today his words flew, like an eagle,

Soaring into the very core,

Of all who listened in pin-drop silence.

Doing things unimaginable to their heads,

Hearts and sombre emotions.


His was a testament to the Spirit of man –

The ability to survive beyond impossible odds.

To become a weaver of words,

Kindling a loving fire, into the Hearts

Of those who dared to be awakened.



Manatita, The Lantern Carrier, Copyrighted 22nd September, 2015.

~ Awakening The Inner Light ~

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swalia 12 months ago

This is a beautiful poem celebrating the indomitable will power! Loved this!


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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Thank you, Swalia. You're quick! Much appreciations!


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Lady_E 12 months ago from London, UK

Beautifully written and very touching, particularly that line "Yet he lived one thousand deaths!"

Thank you for sharing. Best Wishes.


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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Hi Elena,

Still writing? Yes, I like this line, too. Higher blessings and much Peace.


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CrisSp 12 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Totally complemented your tag line, "Awakening The Inner Light". ~


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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Thank you, my Sweet CrisSp.

I've had this line for quite some time. I believe you're the first to mention it. As you know, I tend to write lofty and profound stuff; the awakening stuff. This one is borne out of struggle and loneliness. Still, there is a message of Light, all right. Glad that you found it.

I await to hear more of your journey's and your beautiful residence. Om Shanti!


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billybuc 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

Some people are placed on this earth to lead the way through quiet example and the power of their words. When they speak we had better listen or we will regret the day we closed our ears. Beautiful words, my friend.


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pstraubie48 12 months ago from sunny Florida

So well shared, Manatita....all of lives are enlarged by those who give of themselves so unselfishly even in the face of great adversity.

Angels are on the way to you this evening shared pinned g+ tweeted ps


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AudreyHowitt 12 months ago from California

Such a heart felt piece--gorgeous!


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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Ah, Bill, so beautiful! So loving! So sweet! An embrace to you from one fellow-lover to another. Joy and Peace.

Patricia,

Thank you so much, my Dear Patricia. Yes, I totally see this as you do. In Love and Light to all your loving circle.

Audrey,

Yes, I do these from time to time. Much gratitude here, much ...


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annart 12 months ago from SW England

The power of persistence, determination and love, shown through the power of words, is mighty indeed.

Ann


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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Yes, I tried to give the words power as well. Glad that you felt it, my dear Friend, Ann. Much Love.


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Homeplace Series 12 months ago from Hollister, MO

Your gift with words is very special. Thank you for sharing that gift, to provide a brief glimpse into the world you see! ;-)


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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

You really do my words justice, Homeplace Series, and you see with a loving heart and visionary eye. For this I thank you many times. God bless you, my Brother. Much Love.


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always exploring 12 months ago from Southern Illinois

What a brilliant piece of writing! He will live forever in our heart's. when he was down he would quote Invictus, how very beautiful. Thank you.


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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Hello, my Dear Friend Ruby. Namaste!

Deep appreciation for your loving and heartfelt contribution. Here is a secret: I wrote the poem to reflect ... let's just say something else.

However, in looking up the word 'prison' (after the poem was posted), Mandela's beautiful picture appeared. So I immediately found it appropriate, altered some of the very vivid and harsh words, and made it more loving to reflect his character. Isn't this cool? Love you! Peace.


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bravewarrior 12 months ago from Central Florida

Manatita, this is such a beautiful testament to the strength of the human spirit. Adding Morgan Freeman's recitation of Mandella's favorite poem really drives the message home. We are indeed the masters of the fate of our souls.


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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Thank you so much, Shauna. Hoping that you are well and all is good. Much appreciations ...much.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 12 months ago from Riga, Latvia

A magically wonderful poetic journey.


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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Coming from you, Gypsy, I really do feel honoured. Thank you so much. Have a great weekend. Love -Manatita


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MsDora 12 months ago from The Caribbean

Thanks for reminding us of this great personality and his strength which inspired all the world. Morgan Freeman's recital is also admirable. Isn't good to hear someone else recite your poetry? Best to you!


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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Thank you so much, Dee. A very loving contribution. Yes, he certainly inspired the world.

People have started to do mines, but I do a fair bit. Some more videos will come out soon. I used to say that I write for 40-50 years down the line, but the beautiful videos have already started. Isn't this wonderful?


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MarleneB 12 months ago from Northern California, USA

I'm listening! Your style of storytelling is one that draws me close so that I can hear more clearly, the words you have to say. This poem is very intense, no doubt inspired from our Majesty.


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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Yes, yes,

We esoteric poets see God as ALL in ALL. Nimitra Matram Bhava Savysachin (I am a mere instrument of His). I am a Student of Peace, and a servant of Something Greater.

Always so happy to exchange with you, my sweet, sweeter, sweetest friend. Did you meet Bill? ceeccil@hotmail.com.

In Love and Light.-Manatita


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tillsontitan 12 months ago from New York

What a loving tribute to greatness. We all aspire to be as he was, but few reach the pinnacle he did. He will be loved and admired throughout history. You have honored a great man.


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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Yes, I know. There were a few people that Sri Chinmoy really admired and was very close to. President Gorbachev, Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, The Sufi Pir Vilayat Khan, two of the past Popes, not this or previous, but those he met. I think it was a John and a John Paul. There were others, of course. Princess Diana ...

This is a favourite. I recited it this very night, and it had people saying 'wow!' I'm home at 2355 hrs now. Your always wonderful and loving contribution is deeply appreciated. In Love and Light.


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aviannovice 12 months ago from Stillwater, OK

An apt tribute. There are many who have survived insurmountable odds through a will of steel. Long may they also be remembered.


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manatita44 12 months ago from london Author

Yes, indeed! History records many. My loving appreciations to you, my Friend.


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ahorseback 11 months ago

Nelson , One great man ,And my other hero , Morgan Freeman ! The best of the best ! Thank you !


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manatita44 11 months ago from london Author

Yes, two giants among men. Morgan in the films and Mandela in the world of Justice, beauty and Light. Thank you so much, my Brother. Much Love.

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