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NICE And Her Lessons. A Sonnet Dedication to Eric Dierker

Updated on July 16, 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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This poem has been influenced by my Friend Eric Dierkers work


A vile and violent scene; many lives lost,

Negative energies hovering,

Above scenes of beauty and Delight.

Acts of horror has also adorned this bodily temple,

Stealing a very essential part of my psyche.

I continue to struggle… to strive

To be good to my true or better Self.

To recognise and honour my pain,

Knowing that the good Potter,

Is shaping and moulding me to Love.

But pain follows Love, as night precedes day;

I grow in a spiral, witnessing a Nice which makes me grieve,

While giving validity to my feelings,

Striving to go beyond the past, to make me whole again.


_Lantern Carrier (Manatita) Copyrighted, 16th July, 2016.

_ Awakening The Inner Light ~


* Inspired by Eric Dierker* http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Erics-Sunday-Sermon-Let-Us-Talk-About-Nice

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Life's struggles are like summer and winter; night and day. Love follows afflictions; and darkness ascends into Light. These vicissitudes are part and parcel of life's game and inevitable for all. Nevertheless, they can be painful and as such create a river of suffering for many. All my empathies and prayers of good will and invocations of Grace, Fortitude and Compassion at this trying time for many.


God loves us, and like any parent, aspires only for our Highest dreams....we will get there, together or otherwise, but I feel that His promise is to continue to walk with and guide us to the heavenly Light, even unto the end of time. Lots of Love. -Manatita

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Manatita reciting his poem, The Paradox of Struggle. Another metaphorical poem.

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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      23 months ago from london

      I see. Mind you, no sad news or rather horrible news is good for anyone.

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      Ann Carr 

      23 months ago from SW England

      I have close ties with France which is why these things affect me even more. Thank you.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      23 months ago from london

      Yes, it was an awful time and I wanted to touch on it as well as lift the poem. Another of my favourites at Poetry Cafe. Hugs to the family.

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      Ann Carr 

      23 months ago from SW England

      Eric is indeed one of my favourite hubbers and always makes me think. This is a great tribute to him. I know he wrote about Nice too.

      I like that you emphasise the contrast between the beauty of the place and the atrocity of that which took place. Difficult to reconcile the two.

      Ann

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Thank you, Deb. It is your Heart that speaks, Appreciated.

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Always resounding in tempo and alluding to Truth. Excellent work and a great tribute.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      You are usually the cheery one, no? Yes, I know what you mean. We live in very different times. Thank you.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      We're experiencing atrocity in our own back yard here in America. The Pulse Massacre happened just blocks from where I work. Life is getting scary. You never know.....

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      My sweet and faithful friend. You get things so right! Ultimately I try to inspire others to a higher Light; a heavenly Light, if you wish. A touch of the romantic from time to time to avoid boring you guys, but in my Heart I always think of the infinite.

      Good to see you. I'm confident that you will do well, and that your mom is in a safe environment. Much Love, Dee.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      "But pain follows Love, as night precedes day . . . but I feel that His promise is to continue to walk with and guide us to the heavenly Light, even unto the end of time." To this expression which to me, is the summary of your poem, I say Amen.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Thank you, Chitrangada. Appreciated. Are you writing?

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      A wonderful tribute to an excellent hubber Ericdierker!

      Your poem is so touching and full of compassion.

      The message of love you always convey is beautiful.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      Hugs, dear Manatita.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Thank you, Gypsy.Appreciated.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Another wonderful and deserving tribute.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Eric, my Brother, I do too. Life can be simplicity itself, but we humans have complicated it so much. So much of our true nature is hidden sometimes. Still God is good. I like your song. Meaningful! Much Gratitude.

      Nellieanna, beautiful, exquisite, lofty and sublime ...straight from the Nellieanna I know. I always say, that your poetry is the closest to my own. Now there's Surabhi, a very dear friend, but you are still closer, as you lift it like i do.

      So good to see you! Much Love... much!

      Shanmarie, I thank you. We are all Lovers here on this Hub. We need a few more. Give Him the glory. Praise be! My Gratitude for your wonderful share. Have a great day.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Manatita. Your words are true. It's difficult to find the words to express the unthinkable horror of all that keeps happening but when they help us lift up from that and refocus on higher meanings, it's good. I know that ultimately, 'there is no problem' because of God. Much love to you.

      Thank you for your concern and mention in your 'Cadences'. I'm overcome with the coincidence. I wrote this poem in 1972:

      There is a cadence

      Of the heart

      Where space

      Is but

      A single beat in time.

      And time

      Is but

      A stride shared in space.

      The length and depth

      Of each

      Are trivial.

      But that they ARE,

      That they exist,

      ~ Profound!

      ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

      12-19-72

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Sometimes when all of the news is of the senseless violence happening all over the world I just want to shut the news out and social media, too, so I don't have to learn about it. But then I am reminded of all of the good that comes when people unite to support one another after such tragedy. Maybe it isn't so senseless after all if sense can be made of the good in the aftermath. There is way too much anger and bitterness toward fellow human beings. The message of love you give here is beautiful.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Manatita, I like easy things. When the river just flows natural as can be. I like your poetry as it just seems so easy for you. There is an old song with one verse that goes something like this; I get a peaceful easy feeling and I know you won't let me down. Well you give me a peaceful easy feeling and you never let me down.

      Thank you much my friend. And thanks for the Nice pictures.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      First of all, my Love, I really missed you! Most importantly it is good to know that you are here at least, meaning that perhaps your health is not so bad. I mention you from time to time the last time being in my poem 'Cadences.'

      About Nice, sometimes it is what I read from others that trigger these ideas in me. In this case, I give Eric all the credit, as I would not normally enter these passionate areas. But his last paragraph was so spiritually uplifting for me, that my Heart melted and I put pen to paper, as they say, straight away. My last poem today, O Breath of The Eternal, I'm Coming Home (not yet published), followed the same pattern.

      Yes, all lives matter, and it is always noble to serve in whatever capacity, to assist our Beloved in His work ... if we are so called.

      So good to see you, my loving Friend. Much Love.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      Manatita, your outpouring of feeling for Nice and the victims of senseless violence and cruelty is full of pathos and power. We're shaken by yet another attack and loss of innocent lives. We people are assaulted each time, yet we're also empowered and strengthened in faith.

      Thank you for pausing to commemorate Nice. The pen and people's faith in what is good are the best responses.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Yes, a loving family man. By the way, I'm not so organised with my poetry. In fact I'm actually trying to take a rest, but they keep coming without warning. I even have another to post. Let's see what I do. Thanks Bill. Enjoy your Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Weekends are not a good time for me to respond to hubs, but you wrote in tribute to two of my favorite Hubbers......Eric is the man!!!! and his sermons always give me food for thought, and besides all that, he is just a quality human being...as are you, my friend.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Very poetic, my Friend. I like that. Of course that's how I first remember you. Taking a rest? Much Love.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      love the poetry my friend ... I feel the words floating in the air like smoke...

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      We forge on, my Sweet Ruby, we forge on. Thank you for visiting today and have a great weekend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It seems that pain and sorrow are here to stay. The unrest and evil throughout the beautiful landscapes is a travesty, but we forge on hoping all to see and feel the light that you so beautifully pen. Hugs my friend...

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Thank you, O great fan. Yes, I did send you three videos, in fact four, I believe. Much Love.

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      A soulful expression of sorrow and pain through a nice poetry. I would say 'pain follows love" as well as "love follows pain". Both are true just like night precedes day and day precedes night.

      Your videos are also nice and you kept your promise of coming up with another recorded voice of a nice soulful poem. Thank you very much.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Ha ha. I sent you the 'tailor' poem, O Seamstress. Will post it soon.

      Your appreciation of my poem is so beautiful! You are invited...can come again ...lol. Enjoy at the Temple.

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      2 years ago

      "But pain follows Love, as night precedes day..." - Manatita. This is so true. Universal Truth. What an inspiring poem on this Saturday! Exquisite! The video is brilliant, by the way; one of my favourites out of the three (so far). So what happend to the "tailor" poem? I am looking forward to it. Look at you... O' great Poet! What a pace you have with the poems. Flying a rocket, eh? Off to the Temple. Love...

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