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These Tender Words ...This Ancient Love, Poem One. An Offering to Bill and Beverly Holland

Updated on November 13, 2017
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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.

You are the Light in my darkness


Three free verse sonnets

I said: “O Queen, You’re the Light in my darkness;

The gaze that captivates my breath.”

She replied: “O Lover, I am your flower-garden;

You’re the wafts that soothes my Being.”

Exquisite are these tender words,

That has so eloquently kissed my core.

My tears are but a shallow puddle,

In this great river of impassioned flow.

I am bewildered by this beauty;

Her certain familiarity in my Heart.

She has given me a voice to express,

This ancient Love that so envelops me,

Like fire, burning the wounds of my ignorance,

To light a thousand candles in my soul.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 27th June, 2017.

~ Awakening the Inner Light ~

A loving couple plus

Beverly and family
Beverly and family | Source

Love Whispers to the Moon. Poem Two

Light ultimately conquers the Heart,

As fuel does the wood.

The awakening of Sunrise,

Is but a stone’s throw away.

The pathways of longing runs, like a spiral,

Weaving its way to liberation’s door.

The ancient secrets of the stars,

Reflect the beauty of trials ...adversity,

Like an interrupted dance.

Impeded ... by only a temporary glitch,

In the inner melody of the Lute.

The poise, the eloquence ... the serenity of flow returns,

When the flame once more, ignites the Soul,

And Love whispers to the moon.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 29th June, 2017

~Awakening The Inner Light

and Love whispers to the moon


Quote from a Seer

"Love grows in the soul,

Glows in the Heart

And finally flows through the body." -Sri Chinmoy

"O Queen, You're the Light in my Darkness."

Bill and family
Bill and family | Source

Quote from Sri Chinmoy

"Just one smile

Immensely increases the beauty

of the Universe." -Sri Chinmoy.

You are the Light in my darkness

Just You, my Beloved, just You


Only You, my Beloved, Only You. Poem three

Just You, my Beloved, just You.

Why talk about anything else?

Not this, not that…

You are the placeless …

The One with no name.

No, not the glorious sunlight;

Not the ‘shooting’ star …

I have walked all this way … for eons,

To become completely yours.

Not the nobility of creation;

Not the salutation to the sun.

Only You, O Lover, only You.

I fell asleep on the river of time,

And awoke, only to find You,

O my Absolute Queen, O Light of the Beyond.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted, 30th June, 2017.

"No, not the glorious sunlight.'



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      manatita44 2 months ago from london

      Thank you so much!! Much Love.

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      rdsparrowriter 2 months ago

      Beautiful poetry to a beautiful couple :)

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      manatita44 3 months ago from london

      Thank you so much, my Sweet.

      You deserve one like this or more. Lol. Thank you for continuing to persevere. Lots of Love. -Lantern

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 months ago from Central Florida

      Amazing poetry befitting of an amazing couple! I had to go down and read Bill's comment before leaving one of my own. I knew this would put a smile on his face. I'm glad Bev was there to enjoy this exquisite celebration!

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      Ah Patricia. Hope that all is good with the family. Thank you so much!

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      Patricia Scott 4 months ago from sunny Florida

      How precious of you to create such a lovely piece for Billy and his lovely ......You truly have a gift of weaving just the right words together....

      Angels are once again on the way to you ps

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london


      A sweet comment from you. Appreciated.

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      Peggy Woods 5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Beautiful tribute to Bill and Bev. Your words seemingly flow so easily!

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Ah, Dream On. So Sweet!

      Thank you so much!! Have a great day.

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      DREAM ON 5 months ago

      Once again your writing captures the hearts and souls of both Bill and Beverly. Such nice people appreciated for who they are together. Your pictures and words paint a beautiful canvas that explores the beauty of life from the love of two people. Thank you for sharing your magnificent gift.

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Thank you Chitrangada.

      I always love your comments.

      Thanks Debangee. Appreciated.

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      DEBANGEE MANDAL 5 months ago from India

      Lovely , delightful sonnets depicting love . I really enjoyed it.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 months ago from New Delhi, India

      What a wonderful tribute to Bill Holland and his wife Beverley !

      Loved the family picture and your pictures are always out of this World. That's the power of spirituality.

      Thank you my friend for making others smile with your beautiful poems !

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Thank you, Rasma.


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A very lovely poetic tribute to a lovely and loving couple.

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Thank you, Alicia.

      I write to my Supreme Beloved, but I see Him in the world first, then it becomes easier. Read it that way. But yes, I'm unique. Ha ha. I really like how you appreciate my poetry.

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      Linda Crampton 5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You have a unique way of writing about beauty and love, Manatita. Thank you for sharing it with us. You've created a lovely offering to Bill and Bev.

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      Tamara Moore 5 months ago

      au plaisir de vous te revoir

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Muchisimas gracias, my friend.

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      Tamara Moore 5 months ago


      thank you my very dear friend for your reply to my comment, and I am going to copy & paste your reply to an email, to myself, as a reminder of which words are to which sense, and likewise, which sense is to which head is spinning from this last sentence of mine, but your peaceful spirit has put it tenderly back into its original place, which is a relief to many.

      Much Love and Admiration!


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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Ah, Ryan,

      I am a weaver ... a calligrapher. I like to weave words on the canvas of the Heart; to paint elegant tapesties with my delicate strokes, on the fiery tablets of the soul.

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      Ryan Fuller 5 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      In this great river of impassioned flow and Love whispers to the moon are my two favorite lines from this poem. I love the elegant words of beauty you chose. Great work my friend.

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Thank you, my Sweet.

      Of course I'm referring to God and if you read it this way, then it makes infinitely more sense. Still, sometimes I do it in such a way that it appeals to the offering, as well as the lives it is meant to touch. They tend to be so special and an embodiment of what I write. God bless you, Tamara, for your soft and loving Heart. Have a great Sunday.

      P.s. Now let this writer talk about words. 'pleasure' appeals to the senses; 'inspiration' appeals to the Heart ... the psychic Heart.

      Soulfulness ... sublime ... lofty ... self-giving ... just some spiritual words. Of course these are all meaningless, if the Heart is right ... sincere ... without guile. Praise be!!

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      Tamara Moore 5 months ago

      I love your words " eloquently kissed my core...". Very deep and moving. Your pictures are so brightly colorful and rich, as well. I appreciate your words with indescribable pleasure.

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Yes, Linda.

      An awesome Love, isn't it? When Bill first spoke of you, I thought it was another Linda. I mean, she is very special, too. Some women truly compliment their men and vice versa, of course. Brings out the best. Blessed be the man who has found his woman; blessed be the woman who has found her man. Have a great Sunday.

      Ah, Dora,

      You're remembering me. So charming! You understand the philosophy. Much Love.

      Shannon, Ha ha.

      The esoteric writers give God all the credit. Nimitra Matram Bhava savvyacchin. I am a mere instument of His.

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      shanmarie 5 months ago

      What a lovely tribute to our friend Bill, his wife, and their love. I don't know how you write so eloquently and make it seems so effortless.

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Hi Lantern Carrier, you're also a happiness giver judging from the comments. Thanks for sharing your beautiful poetry for all to enjoy.

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      Linda Lum 5 months ago from Washington State, USA

      I know Bill and Beverly and you have truly captured their love for each other; a love built on passion, humor, trust, and a mutual respect of each for the other. I can only dream of what it must be like to be loved that deeply. Thank for dedicating such beautiful words to such a beautiful couple.

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Ah Bill, Ah Beverly.

      Thank you so much!! Giving and receiving, in this game of life, are equally important. if you are happy, then I am equally so. Weekend wishes of Love and Joy to all. -Lantern

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      As big as the smile is on my face, it is nothing when compared to Bev's smile at this moment. What a beautiful way to begin my day . . . thank you dear friend. You have made two people very happy today, a gift of words, born from a loving womb . . . peace and love to you always.

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Thank You, ThreeKeys.


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      Threekeys 5 months ago from Australia

      Wonderfully expressive poems, manitita. Bill and Beverley would feel proud.

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Indeed, my Friend, indeed.

      Thank you so much! Good morning India. Namaskar!

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      Venkatachari M 5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very nice sonnets and poems showcasing the blissful nature of Love. It is an apt dedication to our nice friend Bill Holland and his wife Beverley Holland.