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I Once Dined, Burned, Danced and Bled. I Now Serve.

Updated on January 10, 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.

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I once dined in the boat of uncomely experiences,

Stabbing myself with the arrow of temptation.

I just dined.


I once burned in the valley of shadows,

Biting at the apple of ‘petty’ needs.

I just burned.


I once infected my own wound,

Bleeding with the naked knife of gossip.

I just bled.


I once entered the realm of dance and music.

I swayed with the night of ignorance,

And flirted with the web of complacency.

I just danced; swayed … flirted.


Now I am trying to serve my Beloved,

In the cry of the Pilgrim-Seekers,

Dreaming of Love in the Heart of life.

I just serve. –Manatita.


©Copyrighted, 7th January, 2016.

~ Awakening The Inner Light ~

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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Too true. Where then is sacrifice? It is all a Oneness Love. Thank you so much Deb. Much Love.

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      When the correct medium is found, it is easy to serve, and the rewards are limitless.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Frank, I thank you. Your loving appreciation of my poems is noted and admired. Best wishes.

      Surabhi,

      A different style. Read it last night. Much loved. Your keen sense of observation is noted. 300 soon, if I don't stop. Ha ha. I send you my Heart. Feel it.

      Gypsy,

      so kind of you; so sweet and meaningful! Much gratitude ..much.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most inspirational and lovely music.

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      2 years ago

      Whoa! Hold on… hold on a second. This is beyond admiration. I can somehow connect the last stanza with your other Sonnet, “What I Wanted, And What I Became.”

      This is a different style of poetry, which I have seen after many long years. But of course, your message and style is different here with a peculiar aura of spirituality. I completely understand this poem. Sometimes… it is better when certain words are left unsaid and unspoken. But hey! The yearning to meet with the Supreme must be uttered… must be expressed. What a brilliant poem. Actually this is my second favourites. Yea… decided. He he. I am trying to catch up here, and I think weekends are best suited. Cheers to this wonderful poem.

      Past is past. It cannot be changed, but we can surely change our attitude towards it and perceive it in a positive way for a brighter tomorrow. Bravo, Manatita. Keep them coming... you are almost hitting your 300th hub!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      very beautiful message here in poetic form.... loved it my friend

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      My Brother Pacesetter.

      God bless your loving Heart. So grateful for your fine contribution here. Much Peace.

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      Lawal Abiodun 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas.

      Woah! It's been a while since I read a poem as beautiful as this. I guess I will learn from you and start writing mine #Smiles.

      God bless you Sir, with more of his infinite and divine inspiration.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Thanks, my Friend Jodah. I like that one too. I have a few like this, I mean, quite different, but with a strong Spirit and message that flows well. I wrote three that day. They're all here.

      Once again, I truly appreciate your loving contribution to my poems. In Love and Light.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is perhaps my favourite of all your poems I have read manatita. I can relate. Love the quotes and images too.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Indeed, Emge! You're so right! Your fine contribution is really appreciated. Much Love.

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      Madan 

      2 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      its a lovely poem. So topical also

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Yes, Hari. You're both great Souls.

      Hi Ruby.

      Ha ha. Peace indeed! I thought of you today. Felt like dropping you a line. All's great, I hope. Higher blessings.

      Missy,

      Too true! Your Hubs are more and more illumining and fulfilling. Keep going ... thank you and much Love.

      Dee,

      Chuckle, chuckle ...you know me. I just have to be different. Hey he. Love you, Dee. Praise be!

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Transformation at best. The images of "Dined, Burned, Danced and Bled" are very effective.

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      Missy Smith 

      2 years ago from Florida

      Very beautiful. We are all human. The important thing is we grow and learn and become wiser for it. :)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful. We've all been there, now we only want peace.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      2 years ago from Bangalore

      Thanks manatita u triggered me to feel it to write it.

      May i thank venkatachari sir too. :-)

      - hari

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Thank you, Bro. Yes, Brother Hari's was charming. Appreciations.

      Vasantha TK. Indeed! So much if not all is the journey. See the short video in 'I Wanted To Shine With The Light of Heaven.'

      Your sentiment is truly appreciated. Hari.

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      vasantha T k 

      2 years ago from Bangalore

      manatita, beautiful poem. A journey through spirituality!

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Yes, my Sweet. Much wisdom there. A re-awakening or Realisation of one's true Nature. Hari Om!

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very nice, Manatita. Wonderful account of the journey. Thanks for sharing it.

      And, I appreciate Hari bhai's nice comment playing with the tense.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      So alike...after all, the same parmatma resides in all of us. It's just that we have forgotten our eternal relationship with Him. The journey is all about reviving our love for the divine.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Thank you Swalia. We are so alike, we humans ...

      I try to express the journey of the Soul in myriad ways...

      Higher thoughts and blessings.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      Beautiful description of your spiritual journey. My journey is somewhat same. It's amazing how meeting the master transforms you!

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Ha ha, my Sweet Faithful. Different style here. You like it? Hope I did not drift away from the Light too much. I wanted a different shade of poem. Thank you so much!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you for sharing your journey in such a beautiful composition, Manatita.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      'Cool' poem, Bro. Nice! Thank you so much! Om Shanti!

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      Hari Prasad S 

      2 years ago from Bangalore

      I think in silence,

      where am i, what am i since,

      Is because,

      what I was, thence.

      So will, i get another chance?

      Oh! No,

      if I still live on past tense.

      Oh! Yes.

      If have acceptance on my consciousness.

      Nice poem manatita.

      - hari

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