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I Cry. Wounded By My Own Shadows. A Sonnet to Dwight Phoenix.

Updated on March 20, 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.

Poem of despair and longing. Lovingly, of course, my Friend.

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I cry! Wounded by my own shadows.

This loving earth has refused to swallow me,

And I stand naked and alone with all my foibles.

I yearn for happiness,

But feel entangled, in a self-made web of obstacles.

My impediments are numerous; and

This ‘field of torment’ has outshone all my candles.

Oh Love! This wayfarer in the midst of torrid deserts,

Meanders along a spiral path of pain and sorrow,

In isolation from Your sweet embrace.

Mother of my very Breath, hear me in this weeping;

This intensified wailing of my aloneness.

Show me the keys to the sacred doorway,

To Your resplendent City, in the Temple of Parvati. (Goddess of Love).

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. ©Copyrighted, 19th March, 2016.

~ Awakening The Inner Light ~

Effulgent Light


Despair and loneliness

Has this been familiar?

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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Shauna, Just having fun my dear. Hope you can join me. Much love.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      This is so beautifully sad, Manatita. Thankfully, I've never felt despondent. Sad, forsaken for a moment, but never to the depths you describe here.

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      2 years ago from london

      Thank you, Deb. I do some really powerful ones on despair. Alas! I have done only a few, but yes, I noted once that you do like them. You will run into another quite soon. Much Gratitude.

      Emge, I thank you so much. Happy Holi!

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      2 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      What a lovely poem. I loved readit.

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is a powerful work, and I find this to be one of your best poems. Godspeed!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Ha ha. For you, or otherwise? I write at least six a week!! Ha ha. Thank you so much for coming and liking the poem. Yours is illustrious, Bro:

      Both Light and Shadow, are the dance of Love." - Rumi. Gratitude

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      Dwight Phoenix 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      Wow, it feels like everyone is talking about me.


      Shadows are seen but untouched; a bridge between real and surreal, here but not here.

      Mirroring an oblivious child trying to catch the wind, failing with an unsure grin.

      Sorrow, Despair is the same. Its everywhere but nowhere.

      Ambling along ominously behind like like a translucent villain in the crannies of a dark alley.

      Like the evil cousin within; maybe an unborn Siamese twin.

      But I'm reminded That god forgive's, and rescues us from the our storms within.

      Everyone has felt at least a pinch of sorrow.

      BIG UP manatita, thank you . I Hope this is not your last one.

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      2 years ago

      Appreciated my good Friend. Gratitude.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      Manatita, this was a very good poem.. period :)

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      2 years ago

      Thanks Dee. I see that there are dementia sessions at my hospital. Cool, eh? Much love.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Passing through the "spiral path of pain and sorrow" on the way to something more desirable maybe a common experience. Another beautiful tribute!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Thank you, Ruby. Much Love this Sunday ...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Emotions run amuck, yet we live and love. Beautiful in every way! Loved it!

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      Krakye Omane Poku 

      2 years ago from Ghana

      Amazing piece. It really tells a lot in a few words how the emotions of the heart can topple.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      It's so honest, Manatita. Life is all these things. Perhaps it's why we're here.

      Affirming life

      Is the first

      And final

      Step to God.

      ______© Nellieanna H. Hay


    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Yes, they do, Luna Blue. Although I tend to express common life situations that may or may not inspire, according to needs. I 'm mostly a servant here.

      Good to hear from you, my Friend. Hope that things are well, this weekend. I thank you much. In Love and Light.

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      Luna Blue 

      2 years ago

      Loneliness and heartache make for beautiful writing don't they? Lovely piece :)

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      2 years ago from london

      Appreciated, my Brother. God bless you.

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      2 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      This is a poem of love and despair. Yes it leads to loneliness. You have expressed the emotions beautifully. Thanks

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      2 years ago

      So true, my love. So indeed!! Chiaow.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      Despair and loneliness are a blessing if it leads us to the divine. Beautiful poem!


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