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I Have Sold my Soul to The Callous Ones

Updated on May 11, 2017
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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.



Bounced and tossed,

On the tide of human suffering,

My boat sails in a banquet,

Of caviar and vintage wine.

Pushed and adorned,

By the dark shades of Hades,

I sleep with garments,

Bedecked with the opulence, of Aladdin’s cave.

Power and Pelf




I was pushed once before.

“My mother said: Son, go to school;

Change those wet clothes …

Do/ not/ climb/… the mango tree!”

I fell once … and as my bottom hit the ground,

The sweet concern of my mother’s anguish,

Touched my tender Heart…

I never climbed again!

Today I’m flooded,

Not by the ice cream candies;

The ‘scrumtylicious’ cakes

Carved from my Mother’s Love,

Not by the sweet thrills of her embrace.

But in a sea of fake coins, filling my coffers,

Given by those same callous ones,

To whose sad music I now dance.

Forgive me, for I have sold my Soul

In a prison of greed;

I’m now drowning in the river,

Of my self-made deed.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted, 10th May, 2017.

_ Awakening The Inner Light ~

Greed plus


Quote from a Seer

"Peace is the whole truth

That wishes to enrapture humanity.

War is the whole falsehood

That wants to capture humanity." -Sri Chinmoy

Overcoming the odds

Is that something we can do?

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Indeed, Shauna. Indeed!! I'm glad that you gave me a 'wow!' Powerful stuff indeed!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 7 months ago from Central Florida

      Wow, Manatita. Powerful stuff!

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      manatita44 8 months ago from london

      A woman of conscience, Alicia.

      How I love you so! God bless your noble Spirit!

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      Linda Crampton 8 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very effective poem about greed and darkness, Manatita. I think it's important that we think about the issues that you've raised.

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      manatita44 8 months ago from london

      Ah Gypsy. Would be so nice! Let us pray. Thank you.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 8 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      More peace, more understanding so that the world might calm down and dark thoughts might no longer be ours. Nicely penned.

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      manatita44 8 months ago from london

      Yes, Linda. Appreciations.

      Spiritual seekers are meek, but generally fearless, courageous, bold - but with Love. Hard to know, as we are generally showing the soft side, the loving side. Much Love.

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      Linda Lum 8 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Manatita, this is beautiful and bold, and almost frightening. In just a few words you have created such a deep, visceral picture. Much to think about. You have a great gift of word.

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      manatita44 8 months ago from london

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      manatita44 8 months ago from london

      Ah Miz,

      You say such sweet things! The irony is that these souls do not read our small contributions. Who knows? Our Lord is always merciful.

      You say such nice things to me. I have miles to go before salvation ... miles to go. I wish you God's Peace now and always...

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      Tamara Moore 8 months ago

      Manatita, I am looking for your 400th Hub, but lost count. You mentioned for me to look at your 400th Hub. Maybe I should start with your very last Hub, and count backwards instead, as easier than starting at #1?



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      MizBejabbers 8 months ago

      Yes, there is darkness, but after the dark comes the light. We sleep in the darkness. When we truly give up avarice and greed, peace and prosperity flows naturally. Tell this to the soul in the boat, Manatita, my friend with the lovely soul.

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      manatita44 8 months ago from london


      A cute and short story. I once was called the Bard of Solace, that is, until I did a poem called The Sad Face of War. It was highly praised at Open Mic, but the MC said that it did not remind her of solace.

      She was right, of course, except that it was still offering the messages of Light that I always send. So I looked for a name that would be more all-encompassing, and between Phyllis and I, I came up with Lantern Carrier.

      Here's why I write: To serve, awaken; illumine, inspire, motivate and most importantly, reach the Heart. This poem does this. Of course you are also right and I even change words to poems which are too dark to make them lighter. Still, the message is there. I have just changed 'blood' to 'fake coins.' Thank you so much.

      Yes, yes, Nell. Desperately needed. My poem is addressed to the higher echelons. Since I cannot think of anyone like that on Hub Pages, beggars the question why I wrote it. For change, perhaps, or perhaps you can send it to someone I know. (smile)

      Hi Eric,

      You're doing good, bro. I won't worry too much. Chuckle. Thank you so much!!

      Bill, a life of Love... a life of Love. One day it will most definitely become contageous. Keep well.


      How I love you simplicity and might I add, sweet naivete. Brings us closer to the Divine. Thank you!


      Yes, you show a remarkable understanding. God bless your mature Spirit.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 8 months ago from Washington DC

      Didn't we all, manatita, didn't we all? For me, destiny decreed I would not remain therein but forced my curious mind to seek understanding rather than only following instructions. It taught me life is about learning from experiences rather than judging them. Thank you destiny for making me free myself.

      Very well said, may I add my brother.

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      Tamara Moore 8 months ago

      Deep. Thoughtful. Alarming. True. Yes, these words are true! Thank you for this bold poem that helps me to open up my eyes to the inward and fulfilling joys of simplicity.



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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I have zero tolerance for rudeness and cruelness. I know I should work on those things but.....

      I'll just keep trying to live a life of love, my friend. Progress and not perfection.

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I often wonder just who bought my earthly soul when I put in on the selling block. Beautiful and touching this poetry is.

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      Nell Rose 8 months ago from England

      Hi, love the poem and yes you are so right about peace, its something we need more of in this mad mad world!

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      John Hansen 8 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a rather dark poem and quite a surprise coming from you manatita. Your writing is generally uplifting, but sometimes the darkness needs to be revealed, only to let the light once again shine through.