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Sometimes a Man remembers ...

Updated on April 6, 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.


Sometimes a man remembers …

First there was Salome --

Soft, tender… she walked like music,

Flowed gracefully like the swan --

Then there was Solange´,

A Brazilian temptress, full of allure and charisma.

By God she was so beautiful!

Sweet Lynette, he recalled;

Reminisced on what might have been.

She was mature, charming, four years his senior, and he,

A handsome, dashing twenty one.

Hands held tightly they walked, locked in the moment,

Looking into each other’s eyes on soft sandy waters,

Knowing their innermost thoughts.


That night they slept together…

Amazingly, nothing happened until dawn,

When - as if by impulse –

He suddenly reached over and kissed her.

He felt her quick response,

She giving him the succulent flavour of a French rose,

As their bodies trembled with apprehension.

What prevented their love-making,

On this most glorious Caribbean morn,

He would never know. Perhaps he felt intimidated,

Perhaps his religious creed hindered his sensual fire.

That day he swore their hearts cried,

As he stepped out of the comfort of her bedroom,

Flying into the winter of a distant land.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. ©Copyrighted, 5th April, 2016.


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      manatita44 23 months ago from london

      Thank you Saqib. Appreciated. Much Love.

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      SAQIB 23 months ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      amazing/ this poem applies to nearly everybody

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      manatita44 23 months ago

      Interesting. Needs much reflection here. Thanks Shauna.

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      Shauna L Bowling 23 months ago from Central Florida

      Perhaps they realized they meant to be great friends and nothing more. Taking a friendship to a sexual level can kill the relationship if that wasn't what was meant to be.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thank you, Dana. You're a gem. Best wishes.

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Very sensual and romantic. I loved it!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Haha. Thanks Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I really enjoyed this dream that kept the man on his initial path.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thank you, Rajan. Yes, this one was a romantic one. Best wishes.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I agree. Some things are never forgotten. At the appropriate time memories flood backwards. Wonderfully romantic.

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      manatita44 2 years ago

      So sweet of you to say so Rasma. So happy you like it. I enjoyed writing it too. Thanks.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Such wonderful, inspiring and touchingly romantic poetry.

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      manatita44 2 years ago

      Yes Audrey. This was real and I think some of us share those sweet but missed opportunities. Thank you so much.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Thank you for sharing these beautiful memories. Your poetry stirs up some of my own. Sharing.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thanks Bro. You're lonely? Ha ha. I'm not. God is good to me! (smile)

      Yes, yes, Dee. Perhaps; perhaps. I'm sure they think of me like I of them. All wonderful Souls.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      "Better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all" -- Tennyson. And they loved, just not the way they wanted to. Still, it's a good memory, I'm sure. "Perhaps . . . Perhaps . . . "

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      Madan 2 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      Manatita, my brother. This is great poetry with sentiments that a lonely man can appreciate. Thank you sir !

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      To me you put it best, Bill. Nice touch! Higher blessings.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lovely memories....sweet melancholy...meant to be? not meant to be? whatever the case may be, it is sometimes very enjoyable to think back to opportunities lost and paths not taken. Thanks for sharing with us and peace always.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Ah, Ruby ...some real life experiences. Perhaps we all or mostly share some of them. Here's a story:

      I was extremely bright at school. When I was nine, I was selected for the scholarship class, and again at eleven. I never went and I was never pushed. My poor mom was too busy trying to make ends meet, and the teachers didn't exactly have my interest at heart. I was also very shy.

      Today I'm happy that I found Sri Chinmoy and my life was transformed. So like Shaloo and others say, things sometimes happy for their own reasons. I could have been an egoistic Professor somewhere and not found God. Who knows? Thank you,. my Sweet. Just musing.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Aha memories, perhaps regrets? Beautiful.....

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Not now but then, yes. Ha ha. Thanks Bro.

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      Hari Prasad S 2 years ago from Bangalore

      Must have been fun filled and retrospective while writing manatita.

      Quite a stuff you have shared, making one smile, though filled with anguish.

      - hari

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Perhaps he should have seized the moment; perhaps not. Very nice way of expressing it. You have a lovely mind.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely poem that expresses the man's memories and sadness beautifully.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      I agree with swalia.. maybe it wasn't meant to be.. still your poem is soft.. and kind to the eyes and soul

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      manatita44 2 years ago

      Perhaps. Thanks Shaloo.

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      Shaloo Walia 2 years ago from India

      Perhaps some things are never meant to be!

      A very interesting account...beautifully expressed.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Oh! They are real people. Perhaps I should google. Such a long time ago! Thanks Bro.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting remembrances and accounts of life incidents. You can't explain why some things take place in such ways. I used to remember God while enjoying with wife and thank Him.

      BTW, I learnt by googling about Salome and Solange a lot on wikipedia.