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Poems, Not Bombs.

Updated on April 17, 2018
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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.



I thought I saw the tears of tulips,

As copious as currents.

I thought I saw the thorns of roses bleeding.

I thought I saw the destructive demons,

Dropping from the sky,

Their callous laughter, echoing

At the banquets in palaces and stately homes.

The tears of the tulips flowed like golden rain,

A vain attempt to alleviate the pain;

The crushed lives of those,

Not lucky enough to embrace heaven.

The Lantern wept.

O Light, the earth is sometimes parched,

But it still remembers the sun.

So too, grant those sad souls in the abyss,

The freedom from pain and suffering,

In order to embrace Thy Love.

Come, my prickly thorn,

Pierce the dark hearts of avarice and ego.

Let them bleed only the fragrance of the rose,

Filling the void with a pleasing aroma,

Giving back to the cosmos, to grant us Peace.

_Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted, 20th April, 2017.

~Awakening The Inner Light ~


"When Peace is multiplied, Truth is multiplied.

When Truth is multiplied, Love is multiplied.

When Love is multiplied, God is multiplied." -Sri Chinmoy

Man invents war. Man discovers peace. He invents war from without. He discovers peace from within. War man throws. Peace man sows. The smile of war is the flood of human blood. The smile of peace is the love, below, above.”-Sri Chinmoy

"Victory means temporary peace,

But Peace is eternity's victory." -Sri Chinmoy

A rose with thorns

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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 months ago from london

      Thanks Li-Jen. (Got your name wrong once, sorry)

      Sometimes Poetry Cafe gives me themes or I get commissions, otherwise I tend to avoid the political arena. Still, I put it in a way so as to awaken the inner Light in others and again, occasionally diversity helps. Thank you so much, but yes, our way is the way of devotion, the way of the Heart.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      9 months ago

      Thank you for inspiring readers with your poem. It's so hard to make a change in the world. Even protests can lead to wars...and maybe things like the economy. Your poem still counts as a change, thanks!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      20 months ago from london

      Very very clever and I thought I was good! Now I am truly humbled (smile). Thanks Shauna.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      20 months ago from Central Florida

      Very powerful, Manatita!

      There's a little church in my town that always posts clever sayings on a sign out front. Last week it said:

      Always wear Son screen

      to avoid Sin burn.

      Pretty clever, huh?

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      21 months ago from london


      So sweet of you to say so, my Dear. Blessings from above.

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      Dora Weithers 

      21 months ago from The Caribbean

      In the phrase "bleed only the fragrance of the rose," you engage the senses of sight and smell in difficult but compelling imagery. You excel in so many aspects of poetry.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      21 months ago from london

      Thank you, my sweet friend. Higher blessings this weekend.- Lantern

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      Linda Crampton 

      21 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a sad but lovely poem. You've conveyed an important message very effectively.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      21 months ago from london

      Thank you, Miz. God bless you... much.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      21 months ago from Beautiful South

      So much love can be infused into the world through poetry like this. You have so much love to give, and so much talent to give it, Manatita, my friend. Namaste.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      21 months ago from london

      Yes, Audrey. So right! Most certainly not just one man. Let us pray, as they say in church. Only there is a very serious need. Much Love.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      21 months ago from California

      I think the flowers cry at how destructive we are--beautifully said

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      21 months ago from london

      Hello my faithful brother.

      Yes, we're seeing trying times, you and I. I have just returned from America and as usual, I heard a great deal from the Americans themselves. They have always been know to be more vocal, also in a positive sense. Still, one realises that more work is needed: Prayer, selfless service, creating awareness, passion ...

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      Venkatachari M 

      21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A good message to the world. Peace and Love are essential in these times of war and destruction. We do not need bombs to control them. Nice poems and songs like these are more effective to promote peace and harmony.

      Thanks Bro for this nice poetic message.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      21 months ago from london

      Ah Ruby, thank you so much!!

      What a charming endorsement from you. You and I. Let us continue ... perhaps our messages may travel through the ether, however slowly. Shalom!

      Eric, my Friend,

      Needed at this time, perhaps. Thank you so much!!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Very compelling friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a poetic classic, and written in a time when the whole world is hearing war drums and wondering? Love is the key, which you have beautifully penned..


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