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Treasured Moments. A Loving Dedication to Mary Norton. Sunday's Inspiration 8

Updated on May 5, 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.

The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world,

and they that dwell therein.

The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants,

belong to the LORD" - Psalm 24:1


I Wish I Could Feel Now, What I Felt Then

I wish I could feel now, what I felt then --

You and I, hand in hand; picking winter-sweet

Clematis, caressing the unseen purple of their redolence

On our breaths; throwing snowballs to infinitude.

I wish I could feel now, what I felt then --

Your Love painting its magical garlands on my gaze,

My hopes and dreams blossoming, like radiant lotus’s;

Nature’s sunsets, alluring my being with their enchantments.

I wish I could feel now, what I felt then –

Heart singing sweetly in the meadow of Love;

My soul-bird dancing, on the golden robes of moonlight;

Cradling my longing, with blissful rhapsodies.

Yet, even as my brush longs to ‘stroke’ the past,

I can only admire the sacrament of the ‘here and now’.

Dawn is fast approaching; the Beloved is playing with

Each moment, in accordance with His dreams.

_Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 17th April 2019.


Light, by Manatita

O Light, my Light!

Shimmering with the sunrise,

You beckon to my soul, come!

Arise! Awake! Let us dance together,

On the crimson robes of another virgin dawn." -Manatita, 5th May 2019

A New Dawn?
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If I Could Start my Life Once More

If I could start my life once more,

I would cherish the pain;

Cradle the darkness of a shadowed past.

If I could start my life once more,

I would treasure the thorns on roses;

Bow at the feet of my gross desires.

Doesn’t the dawn follow night?

The radiant spring, winter’s dreary clouds?

Alas! I knew not then.

I knew naught … but darkness,

Saw adversity the enemy; not the friend –

A flame of lustre, opening my Heart with impunity.

If I could start my life once more,

I’ll neither hinder, nor erase the abyss.

Love is busy enough, unravelling the pages of its

Mystery; as such it behoves me to admire; not disturb.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 21st April, 2019

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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    18 months ago from london

    Ah, Dee.

    An awesome compliment. God bless you, my dear. have a great Sunday. Peace.

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    Dora Weithers 

    19 months ago from The Caribbean

    Manatita, I join you in saluting Mary Norton, cheerful soul. You took my breath away in the first poem. The second one helped me steady myself. Your images of love, life and self-awareness are always exceptional.

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    19 months ago from london

    Shauna, my Sweet. Much wisdom here.

    Were you not the one who didn't understand my poetry? (I just wanted a sweet chuckle at your expense. Lol) Actually, I always remember your love and I have already dedicated a poem to you this morning. Praise be!


    I'm interfering here, in good faith. I thought that you were 'swept' of your feet, no? smile.

    Thank you both. Two good friends of some standing and stature here. Peace.

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    19 months ago from Central Florida

    Manatita, your soul is soaring through your poetry. These are all so beautiful. Reminders that all aspects of life are necessary for growth, each having its purpose.

    Beautiful work, my friend!

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    19 months ago from Southern Illinois

    Looking back, there are times I wish I could change, yet memories are vivid and somewhat sweet. I really enjoyed reading your sometimes painful poetry. Cheers my friend.

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    19 months ago from london

    Me again, Linda L.

    I'm so happy that your poem did touch Mary. Life is so full of coincidences! On Friday night, a speaker spoke of a girl he admired but forgot to give her his Facebook page. He found himself in an Ashram in Rishikesh, India and guess who was sitting next to him? I believe that there is a magazine called Strange, but True. Peace!

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    19 months ago from london

    Happy Birthday to your Husband, Mary. Of course his spirit is with you. I saw a woman unite with a dear one in the dream world only in the last hour or so. It was a movie, but these things do happen.

    Your sentiments expressed are always charming, noble and meaningful to many. God bless you and God continue to bless your husband in heaven also. Peace.


    Ha ha. My work is designed to make you think or rather, dive deep within. These two poems are so pregnant with meaning and the last stanzas are designed to add some eloquent or sublime summaries to both poems. Thank you so much!!

    Ah, my Brother Ioannis,

    Indeed! They shape and mould us. The Master Alchemist burns us in fire so that we become strong … increases our will indomitable to persevere … to move from the dark waters of despair, to the river of Jordan (Effulgent Light)

    How is the family? Om Shanti!

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    Mary Norton 

    19 months ago from Ontario, Canada

    This is such a surprise especially yesterday was my husband's birthday. Thank you for all your support, those of you who have become friends here on HP. CarbDiva, that song was my husband's favourite which he sent to me when he was only courting me so I love listening to it. Thank you all and especially Manatita. Our message to each other in the family is to be happy that he is a special part and a strong presenc ein our lives.

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    Dana Tate 

    19 months ago from LOS ANGELES

    I wish I could feel now what I felt then...

    I thought about how beautiful and exciting being in love is when its new.

    Sometimes it slows into a more satisfying love one built on growing together. Sometimes it will fade not because one stop loving but needs the excitement of the chase; therefore, continuing to chase lust never allowing the beauty of real love to catch them.

    If I could start my life once more...

    When I was younger I would hear older people say " I wish I could do it again next time I would do it right." I believe we would do better if we carried the wisdom we learned in this life onto the next. We probably wouldn't do everything right but certainly better.

    I chose treasuring the past, absolutely necessary for growth if you allow it to teach you. I don't think I needed to tell you I would choose that one though.

    Loved the tribute. As you can see it made me think.

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    Ioannis Arvanitis 

    19 months ago from Greece, Almyros

    My dear Brother and teacher, I am so happy to see such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful human being like Mary is! Sublime poems! Thank you for the beauty!

    My past is my treasure and my best teacher!


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    19 months ago from london

    Yes, Mary grieves. it hasn't been easy. Her path could easily have been like mines.

    My wife's sister was a convent nun who married a monk. They have been married over 30 years.

    Mary,s life was perhaps similar but different. She remembers both earthly and the heavenly Light. God has been merciful to her in so many ways!

    I slways try to serve. I have faith that she will take what she needs and carry on seeking.

    You are similar in outlook. Appreciate your kind thoughts. Peace.

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    Peggy Woods 

    19 months ago from Houston, Texas

    I hope that your dedication to Mary brings her some solace. Losing one's mate is like losing a part of oneself when a person has been happily married for some time. May her memories of her beloved bring her peace and contentment and even happiness in the years ahead after she emerges from her grief of his passing. Hopefully, knowing others care also helps.

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    19 months ago from london

    Thank You, Bill.

    She is a gem, yes and PBWY too, on this very quiet Sunday here in the UK.

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    19 months ago from london

    Thanks Elijah.

    Appreciate your input here. Salaam!

    Linda L,

    Nice poem. So much of what we do is so similar. Kudos to John Dunne and others who saw the connectivity of it all?

    How are you this penultimate Mothering Sunday? Sweet smiles to you. Peace.


    I treasure your thoughts here on the poetry and of Mary too. I think that she is a real 'Sweetie.' A gem, of course, but I just wanted to be cute. (Sweet chuckle)

    Have you seen this poem before, or are you speaking of my work? Yes, this one has some power to it. I think - not sure - that the first line must be from one of my Guruji's poems.

    I was listening to some poets recently. Very good poets, but I realised that in each poem, there was at least a phrase or line that is used in everyday life. Poetry is mostly a collection of experiences, put together from the words of moms and dads, writers, peers, society, scripture and the ever-transcending Infinite Supreme. Great sharing.

    More Peace on this sacred Sunday.

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    Bill Holland 

    19 months ago from Olympia, WA

    Mary is such a kind, supportive, loving person. It is so nice to see this dedication to her. both of you....and peace be with you always.

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    Elijah A Alexander Jr 

    19 months ago from Washington DC

    There is no need to with for physically reliving the past nor starting life over, Manatita. The purposes for remembering is to objectively analyze those events, learn their lessons and unite those experiences' revelations to keep one in the "middle path" between opposites. The reason why each incarnation brings different adventures is when properly analyzed all experiences come together to perfect the I AM THAN I AM we each are working to become, therefore, you actually relive them when analyzing them.


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    Linda Lum 

    19 months ago from Washington State, USA

    Manatita, this is a wonderful offering to a most worthy person. I cannot fathom the pain of losing one's soul mate.

    As we walk through life we take for granted all of the minutes and moments. In the 1970's there was a popular folk song "Time in a Bottle." What you have written here reminds me of it --

    If I could save time in a bottle

    The first thing that I'd like to do

    Is to save every day

    'Til eternity passes away

    Just to spend them with you.

    If I could make days last forever

    If words could make wishes come true

    I'd save every day like a treasure and then,

    Again, I would spend them with you.

    If I had a box just for wishes

    And dreams that had never come true

    The box would be empty

    Except for the memory

    Of how they were answered by you.

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    Eric Dierker 

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

    I think that "If I could start my life once more," is one of my favorite ever poems. Printed and on my wall. I too often "suffer" but that is a choice. I would give my left arm to "suffer" some things again. I will greet this day with more vigor thanks to you.

    And Mary is such a treat and a wonderful addition to my life.


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