In Response to Bill's Challenge: The Woman on the Mountaintop (Poem) by Manatita

This Poem is a Dedication to Bill and Bev for their unique Love and Beauty. Further acknowledgements below.

Bev, Bill's wife. At Pinnacle Peak, Cascade Mountains.
Bev, Bill's wife. At Pinnacle Peak, Cascade Mountains. | Source
Mount Shaksun
Mount Shaksun | Source
Crystal Mouuntain ski area
Crystal Mouuntain ski area | Source

The Woman on the Mountaintop

At Pinnacle Peak,

At the zenith of the Cascade Mountains,

The river of life flows upwards.

The virgin dawn springs forth,

To the sanctity of the forest trails.

All around is wonder;

The resonance of the valley,

Evokes a sweet tranquillity in my heart.


It was here that I was first enchanted,

By the inner melody of nature’s flow

--The spirit of cosmic grandeur.

On that glorious day, the majestic effulgence,

Of ‘the woman on the mountaintop,’

Augmented all this beauty; this wondrous Light.

There she stood, hands folded above her head,

Looking upwards and inwards,

As one cascading visions to the Infinite.

An epitome of God-like grace;

With the sweet naiveté of a child,

She reached out to the azure sky;

The formation of pure white clouds.

Rhododendrons
Rhododendrons | Source
hummingbird
hummingbird | Source

Slowly, she sang and danced her way into my dreams:

A beacon of hope for tomorrow’s sunrise;

A gatekeeper’s lantern for my kernel of Light,

To arrive safely home.

Yes! This chiselled frame;

This personification of decorum,

Seemed to offer and receive, enraptured,

By the magnificence of her Soul.

This blue infinity, this hallowed ground

Where on she stood,

Lifted her up in contemplation;

Harvested freedom, an innate longing

For the splendour of Its Love.


I still see her, playing with sunflowers,

Feeling the fauna beneath her feet;

Sprinkling water to the young fawns of childbirth.

As for me, I feel an intense yearning in my core;

Weep with ‘the woman on the mountaintop;’

Lapping on the wings of infinity,

To find my true Source.

-Manatita, Bard of Solace, November, 2nd, 2014, Heidelberg, Germany. © Copyrighted.

In recognition

Bill tells us that this Hub was inspired by Ann's own Challenge included here:

THE RICHNESS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: What does it Mean to You as a Writer? Learn it Well; Use it to

Indeed he said that he was 'blown away' by it. Ann is an excellent writer and a noble Soul, and well worth reading:

I note that some really good writers have contributed to this challenge also. I commend you all, and now include the first of my humble inputs. In Joy and Light.

The Woman on the Mountaintop

What does she remind you of esoterically?

  • Dreams and visions
  • Vastness
  • Oneness
  • Newness, Aspiration and inner growth
  • Peace and Silence
  • All of the above
  • Don't know
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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

When you are at your best, my friend, you are an excellent poet. This is you at your best, and I am honored that you chose to participate in this challenge. I'll be sharing with Bev, of course, and she will be as thrilled as I am with the results. Thank you and blessings to you.


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AudreyHowitt 23 months ago from California

Really a beautiful write!


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

Extremely delightful poetry Manatita. You met the challenge perfectly.


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

You have met the challenge and surpassed with your eloquent poem here.

So lovely to read such a talented poet such as yourself. I know Bill and Bev are so thrilled with this one too.

Up +++ tweeting and pinning

Blessings and peace always


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J - R - Fr13m9n 23 months ago from Morris County, New Jersey

Words beautifully composed and shared with all. Congratulations on your writing talent!


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tobusiness 23 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Hi cus, a wonderful and very touching response to Bill's challenge. Beautifully done. I hope you're well, my best to you.


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Harishprasad 23 months ago from India

Manatita, dear brother, you have created heaven on earth ! It is a classic poem and you have poured out all that we call splendor , grace and beauty. And what to tell about the divine climax of the poem ! I relished every word of this very beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing this beauty and of course a wonderful response to Bill's challenge. Voted up and shared.


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annart 23 months ago from SW England

And so the challenge continues! This is a beautiful response and a lovely dedication. Your poetry shines and, yes, I agree with Bill, this is one of your best.

Thank you for mentioning me, especially your kind comments, and for slotting in my challenge too. I'm grateful to you for your support and your kindness.

Ann


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ChitrangadaSharan 23 months ago from New Delhi, India

Beautiful composition and wonderfully expressed!

You are an expert in weaving words. Nice pictures too.

You did excellent in meeting the challenge. Voted up and thanks!


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida

Manatita, this is a beautiful response to Bill's challenge. I love the freedom and peace your words convey. Very visual. Very reflective.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

Manatita, beautiful and enchanting! I love your poetic words..


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jhamann 23 months ago from Reno NV

Incredible...I stand in awe. Your friend Jamie.


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manatita44 23 months ago from london Author

Yes, my Sweet Tobusiness, I am well but exhausted. I flew in last night and went to work today. A very busy day. I also have a lot to do tonight. So good to hear from you. In Love and Light.

My Brother Hariprasad,

Thank you for your love and kindness; thank you for your spirituality. Love conquers all that is unlike God. May the Mother Supreme guide and bless us both. Hari Om Tat Sat!!

Deep Gratitude Ann,

I may be a Bard with words, but I still do not know how to link properly. To busy to look perhaps. At least people can still find you. It's been a joy and a blessing, I think, for all of us to be inspired by you. In Love and Light.

Sweet Chitrangada.

I missed you. How are things these days? May the Divine Mother bless you and provide all your needs. Om Shanti!

Sweet Sister Brave warrior,

I am an esoteric poet. I am blessed with weaving words and I sat at the feet of a God-man for 32 years! Frankly, I have started dropping my poetry a bit. People tell me that they find it too high. Of course in spiritual circles, and with you guys here, you sense where I am going, and I love you for this. With gratitude for your sincere contribution. Peace.

Ruby, what can I say? I know that you are a worthy and noble Spirit! God bless.

Yes, you are a Dear Friend, my Brother Jamie.

Sometimes I feel like asking you to share; to tell me about the family and life in general. Sorry that I have not managed this. Too much happening. Flew in last night. Tired. Much peace, my caro amigo.

Suyo affectisimo.

Manatita


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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York

For someone who claims he is tired from his journey, your beauty of heart still shines through....it seems your fatigue does not effect your inner peace. There is love and gentleness in this work of art coupled with your unique spirituality.

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.


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manatita44 23 months ago from london Author

My Loving Friend Mary,

I spent four days at our only Temple called Pujaloy (Abode of Worship). It is in a heavenly spot along the banks of the river Neckar in Heidleburg, Germany. There no one speaks. The moment one enters one is hit or embraced by the sanctity of the atmosphere.

I spent long hours in silent meditation at least three times a day. The only sound was a gong that goes off on the half hour, so that those who needed to take a break could do so. So no, my spirituality is not compromised, my Sweet.

Again, I spent most of the day today serving patients. I get joy there to. The beauty of an integral life. He he :)

Such a touching compliment! I feel honoured. Higher blessings and much Mehta. Affectionately.

P.S I will sit for half hour or so now in meditation. (20:40) and will return later. In fact I returned to look for a suitable music video. Om Shanti!


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MsDora 23 months ago from The Caribbean

Heavenly sentiments. Beautiful expressions. Exceptional quality.


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manatita44 23 months ago from london Author

Hi Dee.

You've been in my thoughts. I trust that you are well and continuing to remain strong. My sincere Friendship, as always. Let us pray for one another. In Love and Light.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 23 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Such wonderful poetry and great imagery. Loved this and passing it on.


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manatita44 23 months ago from london Author

Hi Gypsy,

You pass my poems on and I am always touched by this. In some ways you are an elegant Queen, and I am a King in more ways than one. Hey hey ...)

I am at least right in one of them. My birth name is Kingsley (smile)


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Vellur 23 months ago from Dubai

Beautifully expressed!


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manatita44 23 months ago from london Author

So good of you to say so, Vellur. I really appreciate this. God bless.


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suzettenaples 23 months ago from Taos, NM

Wow! This poem is heavenly. That is just what it brings to my mind - heaven on earth. And the woman is one with nature, the Creator and heaven on earth. You have outdone yourself by writing both a short story and a poem, both excellent, to Bill's challenge. Voted up+ and shared.


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manatita44 23 months ago from london Author

Well, My Sweet Suzette,

Bill asked for writers and poets. I am both and do them effortlessly. It is the Mother's Grace, and she has asked me to be of service to aspiring mankind.

Naples, eh? I see where you got your name. I have friends in Florida. Check out their Divine restaurants. They are in Miami.

Infinite gratitude, my Sweet Sister. In Love and Light.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

Manatita, I notice that in the comments here and those you have left on a few of my own hubs you refer to me as "Judah" :)

I go by the name "Jodah"..just letting you know. I know spell check often changes it to "Judah."


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manatita44 23 months ago from london Author

My apologies, Bro.

Jodah it is. It is good that you point this out. I appreciate this. Have a great week-end! Peace.


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manatita44 23 months ago from london Author

Well Billy,

Through God's Grace, poetry comes easy, and sometimes I'm a bit lazy. It is a tribute to your inner loveliness, that I took some time here, as well as doing a few re-reads. My gratitude for the compliment; the kind sentiments, bro. Prose to follow soon.

Thanks Audrey. I note your efforts somewhere. Will get to it soon. Coming from you, I really appreciate this contribution.

For Bill, Jodah, for Bill. I do not usually enter these. Thank you my Friend, an excellent poet yourself. Salaam!

Thank you, Faith. So good to see you again. I'm catching up. Been away for a spell. Lots and lots of love to you and yours.

Thanks J-R- Fri3m9n.

Really good to see you and I am deeply appreciative of your sincere contribution. God bless you this day and always.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

Thanks Manatita. Peace bro!


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vkwok 22 months ago from Hawaii

Another masterpiece, Manatita! Peace!


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Suhail and my dog 22 months ago from Mississauga, ON

Manatita,

I must say that you are at your best every here!

I found this awesome and beautiful.


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manatita44 22 months ago from london Author

Thank You Suhail.

I am inviting you to my recitation in London or New York. You show a worthy appreciation of my work and your kind sentiments show that you are indeed inspired by the beautiful art. Much love.


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aviannovice 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

And as we dance in the streams of our inner being, may we all find the simplest of truths with. Well done.


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manatita44 22 months ago from london Author

Hi Deb, hello and thank you.

How is life? Are you well? Much peace.


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aviannovice 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Everything is just ducky, literally.


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manatita44 22 months ago from london Author

'ducky?' (In the bird mode?) That's good, then. Salaam!

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