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Common Struggles of Everyday Living

Updated on June 15, 2016
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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.


He struggled to enter the gangway of the bus.

From where he stood, empty seats beckoned him invitingly,

Yet he was unable to make his way through.

Just yesterday, he watched as a heavily pregnant mother,

Pushed her way through, more out of necessity than wanting to,

For the colour on her face,

Showed that she was struggling to breathe.

Yet she walked laboriously,

All the way to the back of the bus,

Where a kid got up and offered her his seat.

Today was not going to be much better,

For the old woman attempting to board a train.

She was desperately trying to get on!

Heads down, selfies, iPad and mobile texting,

Was the order of the morning.

The door of the train was about to close,

When an Inspector, seeing the plight of the aged woman,

Held the doors open, so she could get on.


What’s happened to my humanity?

Pushing, tussling, bags on empty seats of crowded trains,

Seem to be the current trend.

Perturbed, I watched helplessly, as the ‘eighty-something’ got on.

Standing among the young; the middle-aged;

Those seating in suits and dresses, unwilling or unable to say:

“So sorry, Madam, would you like to have my seat?”

“Yes! Yes!” I hear her say. “Please?” “Thank you.”

But the question never came, and the poor old woman,

Simply faded into the stifling crowd,

The many struggles of yet another cold and cruel day.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. ©Copyrighted, 12/6/16

~ Awakening The Inner Light ~

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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      You seem to be back, my Dear. I saw a great poem of yours this morning. Will get around to it soon. So many late evenings and I get tired. Love you lots!

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      2 years ago

      Quite a powerful poem and it leaves us with a question to ponder upon... to reflect. I read it twice. Interesting.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Chuckle, chuckle ... not quite, it surfaces sometimes, Deb. Improving.

      I'm glad I see this comment, sometimes yours turn up late, and while you seem to have done one on The Tragedy of The Telephone call, I cannot see it. I'll look again. Much Love this weekend.

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Chivalry cannot be dead already! Can it?

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      You understand, understand. Thank you so much!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      What a fine picture you draw, of times we are in today, with your powerful words, and images that compel one to watch them. It's Kalyuga, my friend and we are entering deeper into it with each passing day.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Yes, a real-life one. Don't do them very often. Appreciations.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Nicely penned. Brought me back to my NYC days with crowded streets and crowded subways.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      You are such a lovely Soul, Alicia. God bless your Beauty-Heart. Salaam!

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your poem is sad because it relates to real life. Thank you for publicizing the problem, Manatita. It's something that we should all be aware of.

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      2 years ago from london

      Frank, thank you. I like to do a topical one from time to time. Appreciated, my Brother. I have mentioned you and a few others in my latest piece called 'Cadences.' Look for it tomorrow, Weds. Cheers.


      I like your prayer. Life offers so many opportunities to serve, but yes, we do not always see them. Thank you so much! I'll visit you tomorrow or Wednesday.


      Sounds horrible and nasty! A woman told me just today, how a big truck rolled over and crushed her arm. Write your story sometime. Much Love.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago from Beautiful South

      Aptly put through poetic verse. It must be a common problem everywhere. I stopped using public transportation after a city bus rollover broke my back, ribs and sternum 10 years ago, but that 's another story. Namaste, Manatita.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for noticing and bringing it to our attention. Sometimes, focusing on our own struggles, we neglect to see what's happening to someone else. Lord, please make us more aware and more willing to help.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      I felt like a passenger on that bus seeing and feeling the struggles.. a very good write my friend ..:)

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Really bad now in crowded cities. A rush, rush situation. Again, every now and again I try to write something which is an everyday thing, so that more people can relate. As you know, I prefer the inspirational. Thanks Ruby.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I think a young person whose been taught respect by his parents will offer a seat to an older or pregnant woman. I don't use public transportation, but I can imagine the struggle....

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Thanks Erica. I wrote to you about yours. Have you seen it? Much Love.

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      2 years ago

      Oh, yes this is an everyday struggle. Great poem!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Thanks Brother. I guess it must be a bit like that in India too, eh. Thank you so much! OM Shanti!

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      A true picture of present day life. You brought it down through your lines excellently.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Yes, Bro. Great you understand. Much Love.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done. I just could not sit comfortably in a seat when ladies and elderly stand. Absolutely for a pregnant lady.


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