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You - the Presence in My Presence. Monday's Inspiration 53, a Soulful Offering to Shauna L Bowling

Updated on May 6, 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.

tulips | Source


You -- who give redolence to the tulips; hide Yourself,

In the priceless sacrifice of loving, come!

You -- who dry my tears in sleep; kiss my cheeks

On the awakening of each new dawn, come!

They ask me who You are … how can I explain

Our silent conversations? You are the Presence

In my presence; the unseen breathing in my breath;

You feed, with longing, the fire of passion in my Heart.

You have woven my shadows with Your hands;

Yet burnt the robes of my impediments,

And thrown them all away. It is Your Light

Which adorns me in my nakedness.

O my sweet tenderness; my beautiful One!

You cause Troy’s Helen to pay homage;

Queen Nefertiti to bow in humility;

Both my sorrows and rhapsodies, lie in Your mercy.

O Love, You who weave, in the blooming sunrise of my todays’;

Rise in the blossoming fragrance of my tomorrows’, Come!

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier, 5th February, 2019.

Queen Nefertiti
Queen Nefertiti | Source

You - My Everything, Come!

You – who gave allure to the Egyptian Queens;

Kissed my lips with Your chalice of good wine, come!

You – a silent comforter in my Heart; a scenic nature

Whispering sweet melodies at every moment, come!

I see Your ferns and foliage; sunsets and awakening dawns;

Your perennial stars twinkle, reminding me of Love.

You are in the honeysuckle and the stamen of sunflowers;

The Unseen Breath through which I breathe.

My life and death are all the same to me,

For as long as we are together in this relationship,

I’ll never perish. Without You, my anxiety is intense;

With You in me, what’s there to fear?

You – who gave birth to my darkness and my Light;

Paved the way to glory from a shadowed past, come!

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 3rd May, 2019

Quotes from the Master


Wisdom of the master

"Not the power to conquer others,

But the power to become one with others,

Is the ultimate power." - Sri Chinmoy

The Omnipresence of God

How real is this for you?

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© 2019 manatita44


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  • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


    19 months ago from london

    I read it tonight. So much power in this poem. One girl asked me to send it to her. I said yes, but on my way home remembered that it was already up. I'll give her the link if she writes. Hari Om!

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    19 months ago from london

    Out to poetry. You deserve a great answer for your love. More in about5 hours. Gratitude.

    I feel like crying when I read this poem.

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    Ioannis Arvanitis 

    19 months ago from Greece, Almyros

    The first poem is one of the best I've ever read!!! A powerful prayer which I'll often use from now and on! Gratitude!

    Luminous poems offered to a luminous Heart!


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    19 months ago from london

    Mary, I thank you so much. You are a true fan. See the message I left you on another Hub.

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    Mary Norton 

    19 months ago from Ontario, Canada

    Another inspiring tribute to a beautiful person. You have a way of expressing your feelings that is truly special. Bless you.

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    19 months ago from london

    Yes, Dee.

    I embellish a lot! People write to me to say that they are surprised I'm grieving so much. I'm not and while I'm here, my past was not so shadowed. Ha ha. I was pretty loved by mom and so I learnt a lot of selflessness. Still, though, we say in the spiritual life that every one has a weakness and mine was/is 'temptations.' Lol.

    I write to express the varying moods of the soul. So many of us can identify here. Gratitude.

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    19 months ago from london

    Thank You, Chitrangada.

    Remain beautiful as ever and wishing you the blessings of the great incarnations of India: Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha, Lord Christ, Lord Chaitanya, Lord Ramakrishna, Lord Aurobindo and Lord Chinmoy. We believe that the Christ visited India, so let's put him in that category also. Glad that you enjoyed the poem. Sukriya.

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    Chitrangada Sharan 

    19 months ago from New Delhi, India

    Beautiful tribute to a wonderful and talented writer friend. She deserves it and you composed it so beautifully.

    Thanks for sharing this inspirational poem.

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    Dora Weithers 

    19 months ago from The Caribbean

    Phrases like "silent conversations" and "shadowed past" add a unique mystique to your work. Exceptional!

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    19 months ago from london

    Don't tell anyone, but I'm psychic. Chuckle. Would you like a reading?

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    19 months ago from Central Florida

    By the way, tulips are one of my favorite flowers. How did you know?

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    19 months ago from london

    Ha ha. So I was right, eh?

    You must be well loved in this job you are doing. Bare feet, eh? chuckle.

    Appreciate your coming and loving feedback. Much Love.

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    19 months ago from Central Florida

    Manatita, I'm humbled. What a beautiful surprise on this Monday morning!

    Your love and admiration, along with that which I feel from my HP friends, means the world to me.

    You're right about the boots, my friend. Either boots or bare feet!

    Thank you for your inspiring words, Manatita!

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    19 months ago from london

    Ha ha Eric.

    I was one of the resuscitators and Ruby was the other. We are both nurses. Actually, I think we have more nurses here.

    Yes, I wove those lines in an awesome manner. Lol. True, it is comforting and a great image to give a child prior to sleep. Gratitude.

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    19 months ago from london

    Not surprised, Linda L. She's a community girl. I could see Shauna, putting her boots on saying: "Come on, let's go!", whenever there's a neighbourly need. Thank you so much!


    I am very happy that you are enjoying my poems. One from you soon, or would it be a Flash? Muchas gracias.

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    Linda Lum 

    19 months ago from Washington State, USA

    Sha and I are also friends, on HP and on the phone. She is a treasure. Thank you for this tribute to her.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    19 months ago from Southern Illinois

    This is such a beautiful piece and dedicated to a talented writer and friend.

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    Eric Dierker 

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

    I think my life and death are the same to me. I got resuscitated once. They told me about it. I missed out on it, seemed the same to me. Just restful slumber?

    I liked this in the beginning. "You -- who dry my tears in sleep; kiss my cheeks" For some reason it reminded me of kissing my boy's forehead as time for sleep. Most don't know that the tradition is to check the child's temperature. Love.

    I voted always. Can't imagine otherwise.

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    19 months ago from london

    Yes Bill.

    I know. Good woman ... good man. Gratitude.

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    Bill Holland 

    19 months ago from Olympia, WA

    Sha is one of my oldest and dearest friends on HP. I've even talked to her on the phone.....beautiful tribute to a beautiful human being.


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