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A Mother's Grief

Updated on July 9, 2017

Gave wings to my tomorrows


O grief! O Sorrow! my sadness consumes me


Lost In an Abyss of Despair and Sorrow

Their spirits are different, the ones who shaped my todays;

Gave wings to my tomorrows;

Inspired Light within this flickering flame.

O Love, how do I cope with this inner emptiness;

This bale of suffering in my Spirit?

I busy myself with trifles,

As, left to my thoughts,

The mind races down the path of desolation,

An uncomely chase whose price is woe.

O grief; o sorrow! My sadness consumes me;

I dine at night, with the heavy weight of despondency!

Do illumine my prayerful Heart.

Helpless! Helpless! I swim in a river of hopeless tears,

And tug at the soul to relieve my fears.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. ©Copyrighted, June 25th, 2017.

~ Awakening The Inner Light ~

... and Tug at the Soul to Relieve My Fears


Quote about grief by Sri Chinmoy

"...Human grief or remorse purifies the aspiring and evolving heart. The idea of grief purifying the soul is all rubbish. The soul does not need to be purified; it is already pure. What is purified is the heart. Sorrow can illumine the heart." -Sri Chinmoy

God's sadness

"You feel sad that you have failed.

Dive deep within.
You will feel that God’s sadness
At your failure
Far surpasses your sadness.
Does it not console you?
It should and it must."

- Sri Chinmoy

Waking by Aldous Huxley

Grieving and sorrow

Does grief help us?

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© 2017 manatita44


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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      16 months ago from london

      So true, my Dear.

      So true. Lots of Love.


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      Shauna L Bowling 

      16 months ago from Central Florida

      One of my coworkers lost her husband to an automobile accident the first week I started. She told me that people tell her time will heal, but it's not happening for her. I told her she needs time to grieve. Now that her children have gone back to their homes and the other relatives that came to stay with her the first week after her husband's sudden and unexpected death, it's now time for her to truly grieve and to allow herself to do so. Do it loud and hard. Grief is a by-product of loss. It needs to run its course.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      18 months ago from london

      'A soul-mate of happiness. Nice! The poet in you speaks, Debangee.

      Thank you so much!

    • Debangee Mandal profile image


      18 months ago from India

      Wonderful , inspiring quotes. Grief is a the soul-mate of happiness. One can feel the essence of joy only after experiencing grief. This is how grief alternates with joy.

      You have described it beautifully. I loved it.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      18 months ago from london

      Thanks Bro.

      It was a request from a mother who liked it very much. Once more I thank you for your heartfelt and sincere appreciation of my work. Much Love.

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      Ryan Fuller 

      18 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Grief is sometimes hard to channel how to deal with it. It is good to be inspired by others, especially those people we hold dearest to our hearts. Great work my friend as always. Truly beautiful words written hear on a not so bright subject matter.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      18 months ago from london

      Thanks Hari.

      Yes, much Light there. By the way I'm mostly resting now and getting ready for my book. Much Love.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      18 months ago from Bangalore

      Beautiful poem bro...

      Great lines of chimnoy. The knowledge that God is sad for us is so uplifting.

      - hari

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      18 months ago from london

      A long but very, very useful one Bro.

      The kind that many here will benefit from. First, do you find that after a while you wish to stay away from toxic friends? At a certain stage/growth in life, we meet people who are always telling us their problems, but after a while, these same problems sit on our shoulders like dead elephants and wear us down.

      So for those who seem not to care or appear concerned about prisoners, they can sometimes be doing the right thing. I wrote a poem today which says that if we do not have, we cannot give. I learnt this years ago from my teacher, so what happens is that we are usually protecting our delicate selves. It is a defense mechanism.

      But yes, of course we should love them! They have the same flame inside and share similar aspirations. I know. I once did a series of workshops in prison and the great Bo Losoff gave practically all his life to serve and help prisoners, using practical aids, work and spiritual teachings.

      You will find him on the net. He had flaws, of course, and some have exploited this, as they did with Martin Luther jnr or Kennedy, but never forget the good that they did.

      Now I grew up in Christianity and I'm familiar with God's justice as well as His compassion. All love the compassion aspect, but few like the justice, which, quite frankly, is a disguised form of compassion.

      I knew of a Sage who said that it would have been better, if a certain individual had gone to prison, as it would have helped him to work out his karma. So yes, there is always a larger picture. It is the suffering that causes us to remember the divine. Consider this:

      "Prayer begins when human capacity ends." -Sri Chinmoy.

      Finally, detachment or dispassion comes with growth and at that point, we can see the suffering and serve, but without being affected, like a lotus shaking off the rain. So happy that you wrote such a loving response. Glory be!!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      18 months ago from london

      Yes, Isabella.

      You're so right! I just changed the first two words or so today because of the kind responses that I have been getting. I wrote it on request for a mother, but I realize now that it appeals to those who have lost dear ones as well. So I changed some words at the beginning.

      Thank you so much!

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      Bella Allred 

      18 months ago

      Its breathtakingly beautiful. It really makes me wonder about my own grief and my actions that led to that of others. This is a seamlessly beautiful topic of the human spirit to explore and I look forward to reading more :)

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      DREAM ON 

      18 months ago

      How do you feel about the people in prison? I sometimes grieve for them. I know many deserve to be there for the awful things they have done. At the same time I feel so bad they are in a place where no person (human being should be) trapped behind four walls never seeing people or the beauty of each day for a long time if not ever. I get upset thinking what if I had made the wrong choices in my life and I would be there wasting away a perfectly good life. Many people don't talk about the bad people in the world. I think how and why these people hurt innocent people when they could just live and let live. There are so many places and people to meet we can never go and do it all in one lifetime. I thought it would be thoughtful and kind to write to people in prison but then I thought it probably is not a good idea. I wonder if I would bring the bad into my life by doing such a thing. Would that be an open invitation to evil. Should I just let the law and justice serve. Sometimes these thoughts to help the people that are in a bad or horrible place I can never even imagine. Then I think of all the people that have been senselessly hurt from their actions. I don't think there is a win win. Many other have lost their lives because of these awful people. If I was in the wrong place at the wrong time my life would not be as it is today or I may not even be here. I enjoy the simple pleasures in writing and nature bring. Adding in the most caring and understanding people is what I look forward to every day. I wonder if you can give me a bigger picture so I can understand why I feel this way. I know nobody in prison or have never hung around with the people that do such crimes. I have been always too busy working, thinking and dreaming. Any extra time I have I would rather sleep and eat. Have a blessed and safe day.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      18 months ago from london

      Dream on. I appreciate you. Much love.

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      DREAM ON 

      18 months ago

      Your words explain the grief that we all have experienced in many forms. I am glad we are able to grieve when the time is needed then we can move on to a happier state which I love and encourage so much. Thank you for sharing as always beautiful and heartfelt.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      18 months ago from london

      Yes, Patricia.

      I like it too. I can't figure the writer, as it is very blurred. Guruji says what to me is the same thing, only more lofty for me:

      "Prayer begins when human capacity ends."-Sri Chinmoy.

      He has also composed a song with the same words. Love to you at this very special time for you and yours. -Lantern

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      Patricia Scott 

      19 months ago from sunny Florida

      O the quote about finding the beginning of God is spot on....we would all do well to let those words minister to our hearts and minds.

      Once again, sending Angels your way ps

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      19 months ago from london

      Yes...pets. so important!

      Great thought or sentiment expressed.

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      Peggy Woods 

      19 months ago from Houston, Texas

      The older a person gets odds are great that the more grieving one has to do. I have done much of that already with all of my nuclear family already gone. Needless to say my grandparents are gone and only 2 aunts and one uncle are still alive but they are way up in age. We also grieve when our beloved pets die.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      19 months ago from london

      Ah, Rochelle.

      you're well? Peace and blessings from Above.

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      19 months ago

      Beautifully written :) Hope you are well Manatita :) Stay blessed :)

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      19 months ago from london

      True Gypsy.

      Too real sometimes. Thank you.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      19 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Though sad most heartfelt and wonderful.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      19 months ago from london

      A long one from you, my Sweet Lori

      You're right of course. Blessed be the one who can see the hand of God; indeed the presence of God in all things; the ultimate Doer of all actions.

      "Both Light and shadow, are the dance of Love." -Jalal Uddin Mohammad Rumi. 13th Century mystic.

      So nice to have such a sweet, charming and eloquent response. Much Love.

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      Lori Colbo 

      19 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      This was really good. My take is that grief is a painful gift by God. We were meant to grieve. Yes, it's so painful, especially when it's a child. But if we don't grieve, we can become bitter, grow sick, and never progress toward happy memories, as well as the sad.

      There are many things we can grieve, losses of many kinds.

      Christ grieved when His dear friend Lazarus died, even though he was about to raise him from the dead. He grieved in the garden of Gethsemane when he knew in hours he would take the sin on mankind upon Himself with great physical suffering and also be separated from the Father for a short time. The Bible said he sweat drops of blood. He also grievd as He rode toward Jerusalem, lamenting that they rejected God and killed the prophets.

      I don't enjoy grieving, but I'm glad I can because the misery of not grieving can be far worse. God knows what's best for us. And I love that God grieves with us. He weeps with those who weep and rejoices with those who rejoice and commands that we do.

      God bless you Manatita.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      19 months ago from london


      Thank you so much.

      Ah Linda

      You have experienced it in such debt!! God bless your Heart of fortitude and Love.

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      Linda Lum 

      19 months ago from Washington State, USA

      I have been mute on this article, because there are no words to add to what you have expressed so perfectly. Grief is the dark side of love.

      Grief fills the body, mind, and spirit--the first thought to enter our minds upon awakening, the last image as eyes close to fitful sleep at night, and is repeated 1,000 x 1,000 times throughout the day.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      19 months ago from India

      Emotions so beautifully captured in these lovely lines. I loved Sri Chinmoy's quote that you have shared.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      19 months ago from london

      Ah Rajan,

      How are you, Bro.

      Nice to see that all seems to be going well with you. Thank you for your nice comment. You read this tough one, though, most are sweeter, more charming ... Much Love.

      Morning Bill,

      I should have said: 'A parent's grief.' Still, it was a female's grief that I was trying to express on request. Appreciations.

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      Bill Holland 

      19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I am no stranger to grief, my friend, and you captured it perfectly. Blessings always!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      19 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautiful and vivid. A treat to read. Thanks bro.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      19 months ago from london

      You're soft and sweet. An endearing quality. Be careful and remain awake. Higher blessings.

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      Tamara Moore 

      19 months ago

      Thank you, Manatita, for your reply expressed in such encouraging words of poetry. I am honored by your words that I am ever blessed to read due to The Lord's Kindness.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      19 months ago from london

      Not you, Dee.

      You have some loving children, so you're ok, no? (chuckle)

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      Dora Weithers 

      19 months ago from The Caribbean

      "The only cure for grief is to grieve." Meanwhile your poem takes us through the process that is common to all. Thanks for expressing our feelings better than some of us could.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      19 months ago from london

      Ah, My Tamara.

      "The ancient secrets of the stars,

      Reflect the beauty of trials ...adversity,

      Like an interrupted dance.

      Impeded ... by only a temporary glitch,

      In the inner melody of the Lute.

      The poise, the eloquence ... the serenity of flow returns,

      When the flame once more, ignites the Heart;

      The willow whispers to the moon. " -Manatita

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      Tamara Moore 

      19 months ago

      P.S. I have saved this priceless poem to my Special Email Box in order to cherish.

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      Tamara Moore 

      19 months ago

      Exquisite is this tender poem, of yours, that has so eloquently graced my very eyes! My own words are inadequate in comparison to these impassioned words of yours that so richly describe, to my own bewildered fascination, a certain strange familiarity, which gently tugs at my heart, in the knowing that I have just been gifted, generously, with a voice of my very own, in which to explicitly convey those ancient tragedies that so deeply wound my very core.

      Lovely; Lovely!

      Thank you for your precious words, Dearest Manatita.

      Much Love,



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