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A Trio of Sonnets, an Offering For John Hansen's Birthday

Updated on April 9, 2020
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Sorry for another so soon, but I'm sure you will appreciate and congratulate John for his birthday.

Sri Chinmoy's Birthday Song

"Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy, happy, happy Birthday!
We love your soul's rainbow-dreams-

Daughter Jody and grandson Logan
Daughter Jody and grandson Logan | Source

Love Lost and Love Regained. A Sonnet.

Long days and long nights, I searched for my Love,

Within; without, all where and however.

I combed in vain, both below and above,

Lost in despair and drained by endeavour.

Yours were a kiss, that I once longed to taste,

Yet I for cent’ries, waved only adieu!

Who can understand, my present embrace,

Of why things pen out, the way that they do?

Now sweetest Thy days, in me doth respond,

Your river of Love, erased all my fears.

The burning agony, surely is gone,

My Heart is now flooded with priceless tears.

In Sweetness-Delight, I certainly lust,

Your goblet of wine, to never do thirst.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier, 21st March, 2019.

Happy Soul's Day, John


Incantations to Love. A Sonnet

Unspoken, speechless, Thy immortal Bliss,

Birthless, deathless, beyond eternal time.

In my abyss, O sweet effulgent kiss,

Peerless are the cadences of Your chime.

All where You burn Thou great supernal fire,

So matchless is the joy of Thy Delight.

Dowsing the flames of darkness and desire,

Replacing them with Your resplendent Light.

No one doth speak who looks upon Thy face,

Unworthy now is speech and so denied.

A Seer a rose; Your paragon of Grace,

A soundless music now in You abide.

Within, without, around, below; above,

In trance intoxicated with Thy Love.

John Hansen
John Hansen | Source

Lifting me to The Pinnacle of Joy Supreme. A Sonnet, free verse.

I have known many travails, in this ephemeral

Abode; my pain was dyed in crimson hue.

The rain had leaked my copious sorrows;

The wind carried my numerous sails of grief.

You came, a hidden lamp in my Heart’s tavern,

Nourishing and replenishing new life.

You have washed my wounded Heart with longing;

Now I spin on an axis of perpetual Light.

Cradled by the resolute strands of an intimate Love,

I play with Your silhouette, like a child with toys.

Singing and dancing in the breeze of happiness,

I laugh with innocence on the lap, of surrender.

You came, my Beloved, in the black mist of my agony,

Lifting me to the pinnacle, of Joy Supreme.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 7th May, 2019.

Sorry, Jared's pic is too small For Hub Pages. Hi Jared!

Grand children Ashton, Tim, Dylon and Jordan
Grand children Ashton, Tim, Dylon and Jordan | Source

"Each birthday is a new awakening. Each birthday is a new hope. Each birthday is a new promise. Each birthday is a new fulfilment..."

"When the soul descends to earth, the soul takes responsibility not only for the earth-consciousness but also for the Heaven-consciousness. The earth-consciousness cries for light, cries for peace, cries for love, cries for delight. The soul promises the earth-consciousness that it will help it achieve peace, light, love, delight, joy, harmony and everything that the earth-consciousness needs." - Sri Chinmoy

"Each birthday is a tune, a melody of the universal music. Each individual is also a melody of the universal music. The seeker grows and glows in his music, which he can hear with his soulful ears. The very presence of the soul-child inside us is what grants us a taste of the universal music." -Sri Chinmoy

"Each birthday is a petal of a flower. The flower, petal by petal, blossoms and then it is ready to be placed at the inner shrine in the aspiring heart." - Sri Chinmoy


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  • Jodah profile image

    John Hansen 

    18 months ago from Queensland Australia

    My sincere gratitude to everyone who has commented. I am humbled.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    18 months ago from london

    Thank you, Dora.

    You must have had a lot of affection on Sunday. Appreciate your sentiments here for John. Peace.

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    Dora Weithers 

    18 months ago from The Caribbean

    So late, but sincere! Joining in an expression of good wishes for John's birthday. Great tributes, Manatita.

  • Jodah profile image

    John Hansen 

    18 months ago from Queensland Australia

    Thanks Sean :) Much appreciated.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    18 months ago from london

    Thank you, Sean. Hope that you are well. Much Peace!

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    Ioannis Arvanitis 

    18 months ago from Greece, Almyros

    You are an agent of Love, my brother! Unstoppable and tireless! Thank you for this great gift to our brother, John! Gratitude!

    Luminous poems offered to a luminous Heart!


    PS: Happy birthday, John! We Love you!

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    18 months ago from london

    Interesting Alicia.

    I like it a lot. But it"s not in Shakespearean style, like the first two. They flow better but the last is deeper ... more profound. it is in free verse.

    How are you? Thank you so much.

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    Linda Crampton 

    18 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

    It's lovely to read another of your tributes, Manatita. John's birthday is a great reason for writing one. I think your last poem is especially inspiring.

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    18 months ago from london

    Consciousness - The Christian word is Spirit - pervades everything! Earth is a dense field of manifestation. If you and I were very pure (I mean this in a sweet way), we could enter Heaven now! the inner worlds are subtle and too much for us right now. People find a Spiritual Master too much, let alone the inner dimensions. It is never the man that is the power, but the Spirit or Consciousness he exudes. The Kingdom of heaven is within, yes, but receptivity is necessary. This requires a life of spiritual pursuit. Clearer?

    You are actually a soul, a Spirit inhabiting a temple, which is the instrument of God. So we speak of Soul's day (birthday) in the Sri Chinmoy Centre. The soul is so real, that real spiritual masters communicate with them constantly. They bring messages to the Master and to God. Enough for now.

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    Mary Norton 

    18 months ago from Ontario, Canada

    I love the idea of a soul day and also assuming an earth consciousness and a Heaven one. This will keep me thinking for a few days. Your words are so deep, Manatita.

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    18 months ago from london

    Indeed! Thanks Linda. i'm holding my glass of wine. Cheers!

    Thank you so much!


    Very sweet! I missed the son and some grands too. John is well blessed. Appreciate your kind words. Peace.

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    Linda Lum 

    18 months ago from Washington State, USA

    Loving words to and from two very loving souls. Every new day is worthy of celebration.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    18 months ago from Southern Illinois

    Not only are your sonnets beautiful, they inspire a heavenly blessing, Happy Birth Day John. You have a beautiful family...

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    18 months ago from london

    Thanks Verlie.

    Good to see you again. Thank you so much and your sentiments to John appreciated. Om Shanti!

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    Verlie Burroughs 

    18 months ago from Canada

    Aw, sweet Sonnets! Happy Birthday John!

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    18 months ago from london

    Thanks Bill.



    Sri Chinmoy has a way with words which comes from a very deep world. I am a mere instrument. Yes, let's celebrate life, Bro. You, me, John, Bill and others. Life is precious! Life is awesome! Life is sweeeettt!! Gratitude.

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    Eric Dierker 

    18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Whahoo!! First I thank John for having this day so Manatita would write and publish. Second I thank Manatita for honoring John. Wow and then I just thank God for both of you. And then Happy Birthday. Are we celebrating not just a birthday but life? I think for the dance party later we will put on "If I were a rich man". I wonder if rich people are having so much fun love.

    "Each birthday is a new awakening. Each birthday is a new hope. Each birthday is a new promise. Each birthday is a new fulfilment..."

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    Bill Holland 

    18 months ago from Olympia, WA

    You are both good men and that makes this post a timeless tribute to you both.

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    John Hansen 

    18 months ago from Queensland Australia

    Thanks Paula, and manatita.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    18 months ago from london

    Thanks Paula. Great to see you. Much Love.

    Tough John.

    You seem to bear it well. I remember when you went on the cruise together that she was limited in some ways. My love and prayers for God's intercession, in accordance with His Will and Consciousness. More Gratitude.

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    18 months ago from Carson City

    OH!! "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!" to my favorite Aussie!! Peace, Paula

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    John Hansen 

    18 months ago from Queensland Australia

    No, not in a wheelchair, but has a number of disabling conditions including scoliosis and fibromyalgia.

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    18 months ago from london

    Yes, only today, as I learnt about your birthday from Rinita. I wanted your wife's too, but couldn't find it, not even on Facebook. Is she in a wheelchair? or handicapped in some way? Loving wishes. Gratitude... much.

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    John Hansen 

    18 months ago from Queensland Australia

    Oh manatita, I am touched by your birthday tribute. I enjoyed reading Sri Chinmoy's words regarding birthdays too, and your sonnets, as always, are a delight. you must have spent some times searching my hubs for suitable photos too. Thank you!


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