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O Empress of my Life, Come! Sunday's Inspiration 10. A Soulful Dedication to Mary Norton

Updated on December 1, 2019
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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.

Wisdom from the Scriptures

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also …" KJV. (John: 14:1-3)


When I beheld Your beauty, my breath

Dissolved in wings of Light. I wanted

To pull the moon down, my Heart

A sacrifice, for the bewilderment of Thy gaze.

It is Your Love that adorns this garden,

Fragrantly blossoming, in the magic of daffodils.

The earth is as hallow as the heavens;

The bee as the honeysuckle on which it feeds.

I said: “I just want to see You, my Sweetheart.

You said: “What do you need?

I said: “Intensify my longing and my weeping.”

You replied: “What will you do then?”

I said: “Offer myself at the dust of Your feet.”

You replied: “Come, my child! What’s holding you back?”

I said: “I wish to take my brothers and sisters with me: mankind.”

You enquired: “What do you need?” I said: “Sweet sacrifice.”

You said: “Hush!” Don’t reveal all my secrets,

Just know that the eloquent, the down-trodden,

The rich and the poverty-stricken, the form and the

Formless, eventually dissolve in Me.

It is only I, my child. The rose does not blush in its

Nakedness, neither does the flowing river avoid the sea.


Then You left, like a life-long bride suddenly divorced,

Triggering the grief of separation.

Deep down in the agony of my despair,

I have dyed my wounded Heart with longing.

Carving a path for Thy return, I washed my soul

With tears, became feverish from day and night rants;

Developed incoherence, from calling out Thy name.

I am a chained melody, awaiting Thy peerless wine,

To sing unfettered, like the unfurling moon,

A birthless and deathless symphony.

In my sleep and in my waking;

My amnesia and hallucinations,

I see only You, my Sweetheart, only You.

In Thy absence, this Love is a hollow prison,

Awaiting Thy sweetness to be uncaged.

Aye … You’ve returned, like a bewildering angel,

Inundating this temple with kisses.

Lips incoherent; my tongue mute,

The earth massages my feet as I stumble,

Overwhelmed by an intoxication of Love.

I hear the enchantments of sparrows and nightingales –

Those sweet familiar sounds – resonating ecstasies in my core.

They soothe me in trance, like unfamiliar whispers,

A variety of song-bearers, wooing my being with Delight.

A new dawn comes dancing, harmonising a breath,

Now inconsistent with its natural tempo.

Daybreak caresses my face; comforting the Heart with its rays.

My ego dies, as You pour nectar into my being,

Trickling its way - like a fine vintage - into the profundity of the soul.

Behold! The stars are so beautiful!!

A thousand rays of incandescent Light,

Majestic … as luminous as the crimson sun.

I know naught but the intensity of Thy smile,

Tugging at my Heart with its sweetness;

The scented breath of Your silhouette,

Fervently kissing and charming my soul.

The arrow of true devotion,

Is an agony of longing, devouring my Spirit.

Only You, my Beloved, all else is meaningless to me.

Of what use is the skies limitless blue?

I shall blend in every Heart, on the day I blend in You.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier 15th September, 2019


On Mary Norton

I always think of Mary with tremendous Love. Perhaps it is because she has suffered, but then who hasn't? I hear you say, and you are right.

We all deal with it in different ways. I thought that my mother's death would not affect me so much and after all, she was sick and in a wheel chair for years! But I did cry at the funeral.

Anyway, Mary has a lot more going for her, of course. Like all of us, she is unique! Soft, dignified and graceful. Charming and with a great sense of fun as well as devotion to our Lord and His mother Mary.

A lover of life, she and her late beloved husband travelled extensively and she made sure to inspire us with the beautiful scenes that they encountered on their travels. Mary is incredibly kind, wholesome, cheerful and does not complain. She has a tremendous sense of empathy.

May God continue to bless you, my sweet Sister, now and until the end of time.


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Wisdom of the Saints

"Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ sends out his compassion to the world. Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good.@ - St Theresa of Avila

© 2019 manatita44


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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 months ago from london


    Who says you are not a poet? You certainly recognise fine lines.

    Yes, you are a unique dream of Spirit and whether or not it's clear to you, life is unfolding as it should. Didn't I tell you this? Rejoice! dance in a measureless space! Lol. Gratitude

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    Chris Mills 

    11 months ago from Traverse City, MI

    This is an inspiring piece. These words somehow give me a sense of hope.

    Just know that the eloquent, the down-trodden,

    The rich and the poverty-stricken, the form and the

    Formless, eventually dissolve in Me.

    It is only I, my child. The rose does not blush in its

    Nakedness, neither does the flowing river avoid the sea.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 months ago from london

    Fine. You have done well. I appreciate you, Marlene.

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    Marlene Bertrand 

    11 months ago from USA

    Thank you for the explanation. I did go online, but the explanations were so varied I thought it was best to ask you.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 months ago from london

    So sorry, my Love,

    and glad you asked. These days with the internet and its power, you can know so many things!

    Emge is the name that the writer uses. Ji is an Indian term of respect and Bhaia is brother.

    So Marlene, my spiritual Didi Ji (Sister of which I respect and am very fond of), there you are. One more new word. ha ha. Of course Emge would understand.

    P.S. I'm heavily influenced by Eastern thought and have studied Vedic Literature. There is a beautiful book recited in India called the Bhagavad Gita. If you can, leave your Heart-door open and read it sometime.

    It is most profound and lofty, yet simple at the same time and not very big. There are infinite versions on line so chose a small one. Less likely to be corrupted. It is an epitome of Spirituality. Best wishes to you and Husband this day and always. Om Shanti! (Heaven's Peace)

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    Marlene Bertrand 

    11 months ago from USA

    Hello Manatita, I am not a world traveler and I only understand a few words in a few languages. What does Bhai Ji Emge mean? Thanks!

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 months ago from london


    You chose well. An immortal piece or line here. Higher Blessings.

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    Dora Weithers 

    11 months ago from The Caribbean

    I love Mary and I love your dedication to her. You also know how much I admire your expert wordsmith ability. "I have dyed my wounded Heart with longing" is among my favorite in this offering.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 months ago from london

    Thank you, Nikki.

    You are so kind to me. Much Love.

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    Nikki Khan 

    11 months ago from London

    This is a huge tribute to a great human being, Mary. Very well-formed and written. She is an excellent lady here, on HubPages. Very sincere and kind-hearted person. Well deserved.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 months ago from london

    Thank you, Linda.

    Appreciated. Nothing from you for a while? I'll have a look now.

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    Linda Crampton 

    11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I love the symbolism in your poem, Manatita. You've created a beautiful tribute to Mary.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 months ago from london


    I thank you. Seeing beauty in my writing is a victory for you ... a tribute to your own inner goodness. Much Love.


    beautiful thoughts and wishes. Higher blessings.

    As always, Ruby, your sentiments are very heart-warming and filled with beauty. Much Love.

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    Audrey Hunt 

    11 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    A beautiful tribute to a lovely soul. I love your spirit. You make the world a better place with your endless love and wisdom.

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    Peggy Woods 

    11 months ago from Houston, Texas

    Through HubpPages, many of us have gotten to know Mary Norton via her writings. This is a wonderful tribute to her. The loss of a dear husband and soulmate would be so difficult. May her many happy memories sustain her until they are reunited in the next life.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    11 months ago from Southern Illinois

    What can I say except " How very beautiful " You light up a dark and gloomy day with beauty my gifted friend.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 months ago from london

    Thank you, Eric,

    In your appreciation of Mary. Much Love.

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    Eric Dierker 

    11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Mary, so nice and kind Mary. Are we to learn from the wise? Yes. Are we to learn from the loving? Yes and more so.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 months ago from london

    Hello Marlene,

    glad you passed. Much Love.

    Namaste my Bhai Ji Emge. I appreciate this. Thank you so much!

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    MG Singh emge 

    11 months ago from Singapore

    Wonderful article as usual. Dear brother you make everything so simple. I wonder....

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    Marlene Bertrand 

    12 months ago from USA

    I'm glad I paused to read this beautiful devotion to Mary. It is spiritually uplifting.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    12 months ago from london

    A beautiful sentiment Lorna. Thank you so much!


    Yes, and more. I especially liked your last sentence. By the way, Sri Chinmoy teaches that grief helps us.But you know this, I'm sure.

    My spiritual brother Sean. Don't work too hard. Yes, we all need an oasis in this desert- struggle of life. Infinite gratitude

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    Linda Lum 

    12 months ago from Washington State, USA

    Mary is such a sweet, gentle soul. Despite her sorrows, she is kind and encouraging, uplifting, and grateful. I think perhaps that is the word that describes her best. Thank you for this tribute to her.

    I have not yet suffered the loss of a spouse. If my husband should depart this earth before I do, I hope I can face the challenge with half as much dignity and grace as Mary.

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    Ioannis Arvanitis 

    12 months ago from Greece, Almyros

    A spiritual oasis for me, after a long day! Thank you, my brother. My prayers and love for Mary, a luminous Heart!

    We all meet up in the Heart of Love!


  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    12 months ago from london

    Gratitude, my Dear.

    Thank you so much!

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    Lorna Lamon 

    12 months ago

    A wonderful dedication to a beautiful soul.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    12 months ago from london

    Indeed, Bill, indeed! Thank you so much!!


    So sweet of you to say so … to understand. Much Love.


    Yes, my Dear. What can we do?

    There is this beautiful story of a woman who went to the Budha to bring her dead child back to life. The Buddha said he would, but only if she could bring some mustard seeds from a house in which there was no illness or death. She thought it was easy but she did not find a single one.

    The story goes that discrimination then dawned on her and she became a disciple of the Buddha.

    Great to see you and to read your wise words. Much Love.

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    Bill Holland 

    12 months ago from Olympia, WA

    Mary is such a kind person, as are you, Manatita. "What the world, needs now, is love, sweet love...." You two embody love.

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    Devika Primić 

    12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    It is difficult to heal and I speak from experience healing for me took a while and nothing is the same but I keep positive. Mary is a wonderful person and you have written powerful words for this great person.

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    Mary Norton 

    12 months ago from Ontario, Canada

    Thank you so much Manatita. It has been a year since my husband passed away but I still miss him every moment and I take this as his being always with me. All of us have encountered this in our lives, the absence and presence of those we love. We live the oneness of this ambivalence.


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