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Thursday's Homily for the Devout 7. To the exquisite writer Audrey Howitt

Updated on November 8, 2019
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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.


Prisoner of Emotions

Their story was one of deep hurt and I empathised.

Yet hearing the same story some years later,

Made me quite sad. You see, I have found that

Holding on to the dark clouds of fear,

Most certainly strangles the delicate art of ‘letting go.’

In the garden of the Heart, there are only fragrant flowers,

No room for the grey mists of doubt and suspicions.

One can affect these wafts, by the healing energy of Light offered.

In the meadow of beauty, there are only seeds of Love;

No room for weeds in this intimate valley.

I become a prisoner of my emotions, when I allow them to foster

Resentment and hate, thus tarnishing my sweetness, hopes and dreams.

O Lantern, the age-old ancient secret: forgiveness,

Forgiveness, forgiveness, is the only real way, to a lasting happiness.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 7th November, 2019

Why I Wrote This Poem

They asked me why I wrote this poem;

I said it was because it wanted to be heard.

I said there was a voice deep within, written in the

Calligraphy of Silence … whispering.

I said She squeezed me … squeezed and squeezed again,

Until I became malleable, like clay, She, extracting the last

Ounce of Love, kissing my voice and pen with eloquence,

Purely to awaken the Light in darkness.

I told them that I ascended to the hilltop; that, bursting with Joy,

I danced on the craters of the sun. But She helped me to descend

On a golden carpet, as She spoke through me, utilizing my words

For the benefit of all sentient and non-sentient beings.

I said that I wrote this poem, while talking to the moon,

Its radiant lustre shimmering in the synagogue of my Being,

Chanting poetry from the Light of heaven and the

Awakening splendour of rainbows.

Guiding its lips to the Hearts of Lovers,

It served only to unfetter their chains … to have

Them surrender to a million flares of Paradise;

Singing the perennial songs of Freedom.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 8th November, 2019.


Each day is a Sacred day

Ok, so today is Friday. Who cares? I'm in Texas and this, so far, is the best time I have to write.

Each day is a sacred day … a new dawn. If we wait for tomorrow to come, then we will make no progress. Offer gratitude, take hold of yet another virgin dawn and dance with it, into the newness and fullness of daylight.

Hope that you love these poems and sayings … that you help me to enjoy this journey. the day … of work and be ready to welcome the next day also, even if it speaks of anything less than Light. God speed!!

The Power or Jewel of Forgiveness

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© 2019 manatita44


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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 months ago from london

    Thank you, Peggy. You're a gem. You are the only one consistently bringing my sleeping sublimity to life. Hari OM!

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    Peggy Woods 

    8 months ago from Houston, Texas

    Being able to forgive and move on is indeed a freeing moment. The photo of the swan is beautiful and the quote by Rumi, equally so.

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    12 months ago from london

    Thank you, Shauna.

    I'm glad you like them. I'll do a short story next: Flash Fiction. Look out for it. Gratitude

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    12 months ago from Central Florida

    I enjoyed these poems, Manatita. They both tell a story and are very relatable.

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    12 months ago from london

    Yes, Devika.

    You understand this poem very well. Much Love.

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    Devika Primić 

    12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Forgiveness is pure and you say a lot in your poem. To forgive is to move eon and find the better place in ourselves. To not be trapped in the bad and to have the goodness of us and in others.

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    12 months ago from london

    Aah, my Sweet.

    Was actually thinking of you recently. Are you well? How is the family?

    Thank you for your very kind sentiment. Lots of hugs and Love to you, Dana.

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    Dana Tate 

    12 months ago from LOS ANGELES

    There is no other way to describe this but "exquisite" beautiful words from a beautiful heart.

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    12 months ago from london

    My Dear Mrs L,

    You're becoming dearer to me. Since God is dear to me, then I feel that you are also equally dear to God. Your grasp of forgiveness and humility is beautiful! Glory be!

    Now Audrey is a supreme poet! We are both His. She works in a way which is different from me but is also very elevating. Still I thank you for this lofty validation of my work. Gratitude ... much!

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    12 months ago from london


    God and I know how much I love your sweet-simplicity-Heart.

    Nice take on my poems. The second was written to compliment the first and they can be seen as one poem.You got the essence right, though.

    Always a joy to see you. Amitabha!

    Thank you, Linda C.

    Though God's Grace and a few prayers, also His Grace, my sister is a bit better.

    Thank you for your kind sentiments. Have a blessed Sunday.

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    Linda Crampton 

    12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I'm glad you've created a tribute to Audrey. She's a great poet. Your first poem contains some very wise advice. Thank you for sharing it, Manatita. I hope you enjoy your time in Texas.

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    Li-Jen Hew 

    12 months ago

    Hi Manatita, I understand from your poem that the way to heal is through forgiveness otherwise you would become a prisoner of emotions. I like how you describe the garden of the Heart and how Light makes it the garden it deserves to be. Why I Wrote This Poem is also a creative one. You travelled from the moon to the ground level to serve others haha. Thanks for sharing!

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    12 months ago from london

    Well Bro.

    I need His blessings and forgiveness too. You are always so kind to me! My deepest and soulful Gratitude. Peace.

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    Ioannis Arvanitis 

    12 months ago from Greece, Almyros

    My dear brother, every time I read one of your poems, my Heart bows with gratitude and prays at the feet of the One! It is an incomparable gift you offer to me. Thank you for the blessing!

    May His Colours always be with you!


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    Linda Lum 

    12 months ago from Washington State, USA

    Manatita, if we cannot forgive the bitterness will slowly eat away at our hearts. Our God requires us to forgive as He has forgiven us. Forgiveness does not come easily; there is a humility that comes with letting go.

    I have read this three times, and with each reading it becomes more beautiful. You were inspired when you wrote this; a fitting tribute to someone whose masterful use of poetic verse is almost equal to yours.

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    12 months ago from london

    ' A master at aqueezing meaning out of a minimum of words' I like that. Thank you Bill

    Igra, you understand my work extremely well. I commend you. Om Shanti!

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    Bill Holland 

    12 months ago from Olympia, WA

    You called Audrey "exquisite," and I agree. She is one of the finest poets I have known, a master of squeezing meaning out of a minimum of words. And your tributes are stunning in their love and beauty.

    Pax vobiscum, my friend!

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    12 months ago from Pakistan

    The strongest power we have is love and we cannot love if we cannot forgive.

    Lovely write manatita,I appreciate that your poems are positive and give one a sense of goodness and well being...

    great uplifting piece! i enjoyed reading this.


  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    12 months ago from london

    Haha. Hello Chris. It is funny that we do not see each other much but Im always happy to hear you speak.

    " Have a nice day' is naturally a lovely thing to say, although like word 'Inshal'lah or even 'Karibu' in Kiswahili? they can be used so often that they lose their effects. Not here though, as I felt it from you.

    You are a wonderful soul. God bless you always.- Manatita

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    Chris Mills 

    12 months ago from Traverse City, MI

    Audrey is a splendid poet. I enjoyed your tribute to her. Forgiveness is a two-way street, and it is important that we learn to navigate both ways.

    "...take hold of yet another virgin dawn and dance with it, into the newness and fullness of daylight." Wow! That is a beautiful way to say, "Have a nice day". And I hope you do.

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    12 months ago from london

    I go up and down Shaloo. Chronic fatigue and my eyes are a bother, sometimes. Still, I'm here writing again. Thanks for your concern. Gratitude.

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    Shaloo Walia 

    12 months ago from India

    Beautiful poems...Hope you are in good health now!

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    12 months ago from london

    Thank you, Rodric. Welcome here. Appreciated

    Hi Eric,

    Appreciate the Love, Bro. Thanks

    Yes,, Ruby. He forgives us daily, otherwise we'll all be dead. So wise of you to see this. Thank you so much!!

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    Eric Dierker 

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

    Wonderfully done and full of love. Thank you.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    12 months ago from Southern Illinois

    Audrey is one of my favorite's. Her poems are beautiful. Of course, you know how much I love your poetry. Forgiveness is what God requests, after all he forgives us daily. Loved this!

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    Rodric Anthony 

    12 months ago from Surprise, Arizona

    These were beautiful poems. Thanks for sharing Light, Lantern Carrier.

  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    12 months ago from london

    Ah! Thank you, Marlene B.

    Appreciated! You are awesome! Keep doing what you're doing. Peace.

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    Marlene Bertrand 

    12 months ago from USA

    Beautiful! A lifestyle worth living. Always living in the moment, living in love. And forgiveness goes without saying.

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    12 months ago from london


    No room for weeds here. It is a very special garden, the Garden of Love. Thank you so much for always appreciating and sharing my images. Gratitude

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    Dora Weithers 

    12 months ago from The Caribbean

    "No room for weeds in this intimate valley." A motto I could adopt. "Calligraphy of Silence"-- beautiful! Altogether, embracing! Thank you.


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