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Ode to The Dark Side. A Sonnet, by Manatita

Updated on August 22, 2015
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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.


The darkest night is generally a precursor to the greatest Light, and, as so often happens, the Light shines in the Heavens, even when the Shadows are dense. That which is bitter to endure will one day be sweet to remember, as it provides the pathway ,or gateways of treasure to the Soul.

May your Path be smooth and trouble-free, but, if the Wise One, in Its goodness, deems it necessary to grant you the boon of one borne out of Struggle, then may She walk with you, as an expression of Fortitude, to bear well your burden.

Ultimately, there is only the Light that transforms, and may you, with God-speed, become an ever-effulgent and shimmering beacon, of that deathless Love.


O Harbinger of the Nether Regions,

You who slept in my mind,

Burned in my emotions,

And agonised my Spirit.

Deep, deeper, deepest Night,

Not knowingly did I seek Thy face.

Yet You wallowed in my ignorance,

Danced in my despair,

Became a furnace for my tears.

O Friend of Shadows,

Thy Path opened up before me,

A Chasm of Fire, only to preen my Soul.

For out of a Penury of Darkness,

You’ve removed all my impediments and made me Love.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted, 22nd August 2015.

~ Awakening The Inner Light ~


Adversity and Affliction

Can They Help Us?

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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Thank you so much, Missy. Missed that one. Much Love.

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      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Well, I really liked this poem as well. You, my friend, are a very talented poet I see. :) I also love the celestial film; the flowers' opening gave me a tingly feeling; I almost could smell the fragrance escaping from them. :) I didn't get to watch a lot, but I loved what I viewed and definitely enjoyed what I read. Great Hub!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      As always Deb,

      You show much discernment. My Love and Gratitude to you. Peace.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You did well with this one. Indeed it is a Path that we really all must follow. Some choose to ignore the signs, but they will always be there. Recognition is the key...

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      My Sweet Friend,

      How are you? What can I say? I truly appreciate your input here, and I am glad that you visited the poem. Read it again in a week or six months or so. Who knows, you may see it in a new Light.

      Hope that your weekend is great also. You know I'm on a pilgrimage in NY, right? Every day we sing, pray, meditate ....

      Much Love.

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      3 years ago from London, UK

      That was deep. Does Adversity help us? ~ A little. Too much of it can make one have less faith and turn to other things...possibly addictions, then depression and those who are very weak just end it all.

      I particularly liked the second paragraph at the beginning. It's never easy to carry a burden alone.

      Cheers and Happy Bank Holiday weekend.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      Thank you so much Ann. Yes, a good message, that one. Love to you and family.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      We should all learn from adversity for if we do not, then our lives are not the better for it.

      Love the message.


    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      Gratitude, my loving Friend. Always good to hear from you. Much Peace.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      We can learn so much from adversity, but we don't always like it, especially when it's actually happening, although we can look back and see how we've grown from the experience. A great hub.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      Hello, my Friend. You are so right! Blessings ... much Love.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very beautiful and powerful composition.

      Yes adversity can help us to learn. I believe we become stronger when we face challenges. In fact we discover our hidden power, our perseverance when faced with adversities.

      As always wonderful and insightful work. Thank you!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      Hi Rebecca.

      Nice name. I like it. Thank you for coming and for your heartfelt contribution. Much Peace to you.

      Hi Shauna.

      Tests will always be there, my Sweet. It is our tears both inner and outer, that will take us to Heaven. He who would see the Light must first serve the darkness.

      Anyway, I do not take it so hard. Why is it so troublesome for you? Drop me a line. In Love and Light.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      It seems we are constantly being tested. Sometimes I wish it would just stop. I always overcome, but it becomes so tiresome at times.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Beautifully written and illustrated! You have a way with words!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      Yes, my Sweet. Your Heart already know this.

      Nightmare? Much of this generally comes from an active mind. You can beat this! Practice positive affirmations just before retiring. Continue to offer Gratitude also and all should be well. I thank you for your loving contribution. Much Love.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Funny, I had a nightmare last night--really on the dark side. "That which is bitter to endure . . . provides the pathway ,or gateways of treasure to the Soul." Your words are true and meaningful on so many levels.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      Blessings also, my Dear Brother,

      I am here with 1500 Divine Souls, and there really is nothing but Spirituality manifested in this setting.

      Somehow I always remember where you came from, a mixture of Light and darkness, and the resultant shining Jewel that you have become. And so perhaps you are one of those that qualify to appreciate my poem.

      I feel that we would both be grateful for the adversity, and indeed we have both touched on this before. A very warm embrace to you, today, my Friend. In Love and Light.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Can adversity help us? If we are willing to learn from it, yes? We truly find out about ourselves when we are faced with the seemingly impossible.

      Love what you did here, but that should come as no surprise.

      blessings on this Sunday


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