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The Sad Face of War by Manatita

Updated on November 15, 2014
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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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"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. "

- Extract from Songs of the Soul by Sri Chinmoy.

Albena peeped through the cracks of the demolished ruins around her.

It was the fifth day and she was still alive.

Grateful for the tiny speck of light peeping through the clouds,

She lifted up her Soul and offered it to God.

Blankness … then hope, as she awoke while moving through the ether.

As if from far away,

Distant voices were issuing orders;

The familiar sound of a siren could be heard.

Slowly her fingers brushed past the oxygen tubing

Which ran across her emaciated frame;

The lines that hurt her veins.

She was in intense pain.

She had not known food or water for many days!

Cold, distraught; tearful and broken by injustice,

She began to ‘Deva Vu’ of the destructive demons,

Falling from the sky.

“Why?” whispered the young girl questioningly.

No sound came, no answers.

Only a mad rush to get her help.

Before she went under, only one question pierced her heart:

Where has Love gone?

Manatita, Bard of Solace, September, 2014.

~Awakening the Light Within~


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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Hehe. You're here! I don't usually enter this domain, I prefer to use the uplifting ones. Interesting that Sri Chinmoy and all the God-men with which I'm familiar, teaches that despair does actually help us.

      Thank you so much!

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      A beautiful poem about peace! I loved Sri Chinmoy's quote in the beginning.

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      4 years ago from london

      Thank You so much, AliciaC.

      Give my love to Canada and stay warm. Really appreciated your kind offering. Peace.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Both the opening poem and your own are very powerful. War is a terrible and tragic situation. Your hub depicts this situation eloquently.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Great understanding of my poetry. Welcome and thank you for your visit, Dear Lastheart.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Lovely piece of literature. Great rhetoric introducing awareness.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Gratitude Saqib.

      Yes, my Brother, until we have and share this love; this inner tranquillity and equipoise, I'm afraid that there will be problems. Blessings.

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      4 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      Wonderful piece for Peace. Wars have been brutal througout human history with no result but losses and in-capacitation of precious human beings. Let it be understood that Love for humanity is a part of every "ethical" code of conduct of Life in all major religions of the world.

      This piece conveys its Message well in "Where has Love gone?" the very last line.

      Respect for Humanity

      Cheers and Salaams


    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Yes, Deb. Too true. Much peace this Sunday.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, where HAS love gone? It really is still out there within all of us, if we look deep enough and entice it to come out. Most people just need to know that it is 'safe'.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      A very positive spirit, Bluebird. I always recommend this, or we will go under. Thanks for your wonderful contribution and in reminding us of the Divine. Peace.

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      4 years ago

      The feeling and thought and outgoing concern behind this is precious, although the atrocity of war exists and is so ugly. Why do we have war? Because people would rather live their own way and believe their own thoughts than live God's way and believe His words of life and the Ten Commandments. The book of Isaiah is incredible IF you really believe God will do what He says He's going to do, bind up the cause of war, Satan, and bring in the Millennium. Only He has the power to stop war...and He will. He said it. I believe it. There truly is hope if we would just believe...and obey Him and His laws of peace. But no matter, it will come. It has to, it's this world's only hope. Peace in our time, on the edge of a new world WE ARE! It's very exciting...such good news!

      There is a lot of look forward to!

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      4 years ago

      Well, Bro,

      I'm happy to hear this today, Sunday, a day of prayer and silence for most. Thank you so much for your contribution to my attempt to use current news. Not usually my style. Loving thoughts.

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      4 years ago from Hawaii

      It is indeed sad for something like war to exist. You move my heart more about the subject than most others with your words, Manatita.

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      4 years ago

      Too true, Deborah-Diane

      Let us pray this Sunday and send out loving thoughts. My appreciation for your kind contribution.

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      4 years ago from Orange County, California

      It seems as though the world is constantly at war. There has to be a better way. Thanks for your beautiful message.

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      4 years ago from london

      Let me know what you are going to do, Bro. How old are you now?

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      Taiwo Kareem 

      4 years ago from Salford

      I'm going to Leeds university and thanks for the wishes

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Thank you. All the best, bro.

      Where are you going?

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      Taiwo Kareem 

      4 years ago from Salford

      i've been busy with preparation for university and yep i'm kinda taking a break writing on Hubpages

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      4 years ago from london

      Thank you Chitrangada, and

      Thank you DDE. Both your sentiments are my sentiments and am so happy that many of us here abhor war. Let us all pray and send out loving thoughts to the distressed and those who act as catalyst to create destruction. Peace, peace, peace ... OM SHANTI!!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The thought of war makes feel afraid what would be and you expressed this poem so greatly.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderfully expressed and the message is so important!

      War brings only destruction, even if one side might win it. It is sad and painful for humanity. You pictured it so effectively with the magic of your words.

      Thank you and God bless everyone so that good sense prevails upon them.

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      4 years ago from london

      Indeed! Taiwo. Seems to be taking a vacation. (smile) Peace, Bro.

      Audrey thank you so much. Different this one and quite meaningful to many. Much appreciation.

      Romeos ~ Good to see you and like your language 'to sue for peace.' We need it badly. Many thanks.

      My sister Faith.

      Thank you so much. Let us all pray and remember the less fortunate. Have a beautiful day.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent poem of a sad reality ... and, yes, where has love gone?

      Thank you for this profound write here.

      Blessings and peace always

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      Romeos Quill 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      War will end one day so there is always hope; probably when the world has become so sick of it that it will beg to sue for peace.


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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Such a visceral sense to this piece for me--well done!

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      Taiwo Kareem 

      4 years ago from Salford

      wow! i never saw this poem before but to be honest, I always ask myself this same question "where has love gone"

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Yes, My Dear Phyllis.

      Sad times but still we hope; still we rise with unbroken Spirits. Let us pray for one another; pray for all.

      Glad you visited and sincere gratitude for your loving input here. Salaam!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Beloved poet and bard, this is such a strong message to the world. So beautiful yet sorrowful -- so true.

      Up,A,B,I and H+

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      A better way indeed, Brave warrior.

      Many of us here can inspire through healing thoughts. Let us continue and hope. God bless you for visiting, and your great contribution. My deepest appreciations.

      MarleneB. Yes, Marlene, some sadness here. You will have noticed that I do not write these Hubs. It just came to me and will be useful in the light of current affairs.

      My teacher, a man of God whom I admire and respect, used to say that even despair and sadness helps us. So happy to see you Marlene and for your fine contribution. Higher blessings and loving thoughts.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      Indeed, that is the question of the day, "Where has love gone?" It frightens me that people can sit behind a desk and decide the fate of others with just one word and the push of a button. It does make me wonder what is wrong and why can't people just have love for each other or at least, a little less hate. Although it is a poem with sadness, it is a powerful and meaningful message that you have delivered.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      How peace can be achieved by war is beyond my comprehension. One is the opposite of the other. It makes no sense. If people would just try to find peace within, perhaps they'd quit minding their neighbor's (countries) business and the world can settle down. We are on the path of annihilation, but has anyone asked me if I want to be a part of it? No. Because, if they did, I'd tell them there's a better way.

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      4 years ago from london

      Your pain is my pain, Dear Ann. Their pain is our pain, only more intense, perhaps. The innocent and the children, yes. Let us lift up our hearts in prayer. .. peace, peace! Amen

      Billybuc: Thank you so much, my Brother. Tiring, destructive .. where is the message of peace that Saviours came to teach? Soon, we pray, soon. Blessings too, Bro.

      Ruby, my Sweet Friend, yes. So much strength and hope needed. Much prayers, too. God bless you and thanks for you guys support.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Wouldn't it be wonderful if every leader in every country would think of war and feel sad? Beautifully penned..

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm so tired of war. I have no words to describe my disgust with those who believe that war is the answer. Thanks for writing this, and blessings to you always.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      A wonderful poem; we see her and we feel her pain. You paint such a vivid picture. It's the children and the innocent who suffer the most. Why? Why? Why?




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