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Here in This My Labyrinth of Darkness by Manatita

Updated on June 7, 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.


Here in this my labyrinth of darkness,

I face the rapids of a dark lagoon.

I’m all alone and sad; I must confess,

I feel my chains would not be broken soon.

No summer sheds a light upon my plight,

I face the wrathful shadows of the night.

While autumns’ now a distant memories land,

And springs unlikely to arrive at dawn.

I slowly feel my winters’ discontent,

The heavy damp no help in my dismay.

No shelter; warmth; I sink in my dissent,

I dread the night amidst the python day.

Hope now eludes, what was a charming guy,

She broke my heart, abandoned me to die.

(Sonnet. Penultimate end)

But hark! An angel of the Light, perchance?

Just came to give this me a second chance?

“My husband, Dear, let us go on.” She said.

Eyes now awake to roses strewn in red.

(Final End)

Which ending do you like most?

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 29th October, 2015. Copyrighted.

~ Awakening the Inner Light ~


A sad Sonnet?

Would you like this poem to keep the upbeat end or sad Sonnet end?

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      6 months ago from london

      Thank you, Patricia.

      You found an old one. The recent ones are more upbeat. You deserve Light ... more Light. Thanks for finding the time Dear Patricia. God bless you. God bless your family.

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 months ago from sunny Florida

      O I do like the second ending best. Never tire of reading your works. Many Angels headed your way today ps

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      6 months ago from london

      Good to know. I note that you also have your mom to look after. Higher blessings.

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      Chris Mills 

      6 months ago from Hartford, CT

      Darby the dog is awesome. He grows more loyal and obedient by the day, but doesn't lose his fun loving ways. He is a good friend. He brought a schedule back in my life that I needed. HIs needs for walks and feeding become my schedule. It is working for both of us.

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      6 months ago from london

      Yes, Bro.

      You are right! It was done deliberately that way. But I still struggle between knowing what's uplifting and what's not. By nature I always wish to lift, even while knowing that Light is in the darkness as well.

      How's the dog Bro?

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      Chris Mills 

      6 months ago from Hartford, CT

      If the writing is of a sad occurrence, I feel we should not try to redeem the piece with a happy ending. But if the intention is to show the way through darkness into the light, then, by all means, give it an upbeat ending. In this piece, the most natural reading is the first ending, in my opinion.

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      3 years ago from london

      Thank you very much, Deb. Much Love.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We don't always need to look with our eyes, an open heart can retrieve more. Well done!

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      3 years ago from london

      He he. Then I'll come and stroll with you, in a nice way. Together we'll see the Light in the darkness; decipher the code to conquer Life's maze. Lots of hugs, Ruby.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I liked the happy ending but connected with the sad part too. There is a small town just six miles from my home that has a labyrinth that I love to walk through. Happy strolling!

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      3 years ago from london


      Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle ... I was busy in Germany and on the plane. Indeed I still have one more and another done only in the last 5 mins. One is to blend with prose for my sixth Anniversary here. Lots of Gratitude, Bro. You noticed all three. Cool!

      Yes, Jodah. Too right! Still, I feel that my Soul always wants to lift it. He he. Much Gratitude.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      A fine sonnet Manatita. Either ending is suitable depending on one's mood at a particular time as you alluded to in an earlier comment.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't have a choice, my friend. I am much more interested in the journey rather than the destination, and the journey you took was beautifully done.

      You were busy yesterday....three postings in one day? You are putting the rest of us to shame. :)

      Have a blessed week!


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      Surabhi Kaura 

      3 years ago

      Heart-touching. The 'Final End' is exquisite - makes me to ponder and reflect. Well done as always!

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      3 years ago from london


      He he. You know, whenever I write the despairing ones, I feel almost as if my Soul is asking me to change them. So what was meant to be a sad Sonnet, for instance, I changed it a bit to lift it up.

      Hi Patricia,

      Yes, I agree. One way perhaps is to read them as different poems at different times in public. Thanks for your continued support and encouragement.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      I prefer the roses strewn in red. The wife suggesting that they go home, gives hope to the relationship.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Either one of the endings could work depending on the circumstances...I lean toward the happily ever after one though...

      Well done as usual, Manatita.

      Hoping all is well with you and yours this afternoon.

      Angels are on the way ps


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