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Row! Row! my Golden Boat!

Updated on November 21, 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.



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O dauntless Boat, you roll on choppy waters,

Splashed and rocked by a sea of tides.

Barraged by a turbulence of waves,

You heave and plummet; yet rise again,

Like a Phoenix, seeking to re-adorn

The vestiges, of thy golden mast.

Row! Row! O Golden Boat! Forward, upward, inward

Thy captain commands, as you challenge

The seemingly impossible odds,

Way …, way beyond the horizon.

O Boat, even as you row with an indomitable fortitude,

So too, you mimic the struggle of the Soul,

On this infinite Ocean of Life,

Striving to conquer an alien isolation, to find Its way HOME.

_Manatita, 2015, September, 14th. ©Copyrighted.

~ Awakening The Inner Light ~


O My Boat, O my Boatman!

Do you need a Boatman for the Journey

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Bob Marley and Co

Video and arrangements by Adam Thornton and Poetry composed by Manatita


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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      Yes, my Dear Deb.

      Need to find my way HOME. Thank you so much! In Light and Love.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Indeed, striving to conquer, no truer operative words. Keep that vision.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      Thanks Patricia.

      Yes, you will understand this very well, no doubt. All my Love.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Certainly a metaphor for the journey each of us is taking ...this is one of my most favorite of your writings...

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      Angels are on the way to you this wee early morning hour ps

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      Yes, Shauna.

      I did find it, and yes, too, your poetry is awesome!

      Gypsy, I appreciate you. Yes, let us row together ...

      Swalia, thank you so much. A very fitting one, I'd say. Gratitude ...much

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      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      i loved the comparison between the boat's journey to soul's struggles. Lovely poem!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Enjoyed rowing down your river. Wonderful poetry and love the music.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      Manatita, this is the one I referred to in my comment. Apparently, I renamed it when I posted. It was originally called "The River of Life".

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      Good on you. Sorry.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      Goon on you, Jodah. That which is bitter to endure, may be sweet to remember. Enjoy rowing and appreciations for your cute comment. In Light and Love.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Life throws some rough and choppy seas at us at time manatita..then we just have to row harder and keep watch for that island in the distance. Maybe send out a dove to look for land. I love to row, so I embrace life challenges. Good poetry.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      I have heard of it, Blossom. I may even have read it. A long long time ago. Must have been a spiritual person. John Bunyan, yes, I did read it. Won't remember, though. Scool days, perhaps.

      Yes, Bluebird, we all wish to go HOME. Hey he. You know, the Buddhist path is quite similar, but Sri Chinmoy teaches of something he calls Manifestation. I don't wish to scare you, but apparently even after our final Freedom, The Soul returns, with God approval, to serve aspiring mankind. This is the highest Love.

      Hi Mary, How is it going?

      Love your visit. Back in London and the usual toil, he he. Thank you for visiting as usual. Warm Hugs.

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      We all pray our small boat sees us through to the end! The ocean of life is so filled with ups and downs. Beautifully said my friend. You are so insightful.

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      3 years ago

      Enjoyed reading this. True, we are all on a boat called life and you've described it well here with all the storms along the way. Great ending - I just wanna be home!

      It will come in time, and patience and trust is built along the way and that is all good for each one of us.

      Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I like the image of a boat bearing you on the ocean of life, a variation on Pilgrim's Progress.

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      3 years ago from london

      Nice one, my Sweet. What an exquisite and loving contribution. I will treasure this in my Heart.

      Many seem to like that one. It's awesome, yes, but I feel really inspired by all the recent Sonnets and Sonnet-Odes.

      So great to have you visit! Much gratitude for your endearing sentiment, Dee.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Insightful imagery of the journey to home. "Forward, upward, inward" because the sail takes us in every direction on this "infinite Ocean." This is a classic.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      Thank You, Brother. Much Love.

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      Sheyi kojo 

      3 years ago

      Seems you have a great insight about so many things, I believe its the one Almighty blessed you with.

      Empowerment is what I pray for you always.

      Good job sir.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      Ruby, yes, Your immortal Sonnet-Ode has a lot of these traits. I just checked . It is filled with the Light of inner experience.

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      3 years ago from london

      Shauna, I found your poem. It is so beautiful! Thanks for directing me. Love Marley to. He was a highly spiritual man. Joy and peace.

      Billy, Your contribution is especially touching, and I feel really important because you asked. I will drop you a short line, as you are very busy, I know.

      You and I, we are servants. I play the flute in a melodious way, and perhaps you play the drums or piano with vibrancy and sweetness. Yet we dwell in the same Orchestra, and send out our cadences to all. God bless your Beauty-Heart.

      Ruby, you are the third golden soldier today to grace my Hub. Well said, I believe that I actually wove words expressing just these sentiments in the one I dedicated to you. I will check.

      On a personal note. How I envy you!! (smile now) Sometimes I work quite hard in our field. 63, so perhaps only a couple to go, by His Grace. Loving thoughts.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Sometimes our life boat sails so smoothly, then the tide tosses us among the sharp reed that cuts and bruises. We heal and row again, such is life. Beautiful example of trials and tribulations won through God's mercy.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You write often. You always write well. I'm wondering if your views go down when you write often rather than, say, twice a week. That phenomenon has happened to me.

      I'm just curious.

      Beautiful images and as Sha said, metaphors. You are very talented, my friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      Beautiful metaphors, Manatita. As long as our boats find their way along the twists and turns of the river of life, we'll be fine. In fact, we may encounter beauty, pleasure, and intrigue along the way! I actually posted a poem about this very subject. I believe it's called The River of Life.

      Love Bob Marley!!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from london

      Thank you so much, Missy. Yes, an interesting one for us. Let us continue ...much Love.


      Yes, the Captain is always there. He commands 'Go on! Go on!.' In Light and Love.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      3 years ago from USA

      Your poem is so true to life. The waves of life can, indeed be rough and bumpy. I am glad I have a wonderful captain to rely on to get me through.

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      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Indeed the boat that travels on that water represents life well. Sometimes choppy and holding on with all that she has, and sometimes the water is smooth as glass, and peace brings happiness.

      I love this poem manatita44. :)


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