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Beauty in Nature; Beauty in Love. Thursday's Homily for the Devout 21, to the Revered Linda Lum

Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

On Linda Lum

Linda is a wife, a mother and a loving soul of charismatic beauty and inner opulence. She's blessed with the eloquent gift of the written word and uses it frequently to express her culinary genius.

A lover of good food and natural beauty, she's also a 'dapper' with her hands and magical fingers, nurturing the Light and majesty of gardening; the quintessential splendour of the surrounding verdure ... the lushness in her stunning environment.

As regards a good story, I dare say only our beloved Bill, can touch her in an introduction.

Linda is a child of Christ, who aspires to His glory and reverence. Towards this cause, she strives, like so many of us, to be a benchmark for selfless service to others. We learn much from her research and culinary skills and she makes herself available to accommodate our needs. Praise be!



Consoling Words from Manatita

"Whene'er I'm lost in emptiness;

Love carries me in its fullness." -Manatita

"Amidst the despair and the scars of the scyte,

The Light always enters."- Manatita


I Walk the Hills; Abandon the Plains. A Free-style Sonnet

I walk the hills; abandon the plains.

Walking has blessed my cheeks with

Beauty; the earth rejoices beneath my feet.

My Heart is alive with vibrancy; my arterial rush

Is a sanguine red. This life dances, with the glow of

Youthfulness; my soul is astir, like a running stream.

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I walk the hills; abandon the plains.

I smell the sweet scent of lavenders; waltz in

The breeze of daffodils. I float on the wafts of

Vermillion roses; blessed by the breath of lilies pure.

I walk the hills; abandon the plains.

The blue moon hugs my soul at nights, as Orion

Laughs with the shooting stars. Arch angels rise

To greet me, as the minstrels sing from Heaven.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 11th March, 2021


Merging With The Unspoken Scent of Emptiness

Here in this vast firmament of mystery, the stars

Enchant me with their shimmering Light. The moon

Walks on my Heart, bedecking me with Andromeda’s beauty.

The perennial rays unfurl, like a flower, as Orion plays the lute.

I glide on a carpet of iridescent grandeur; yet I know of

Only One, to which all else pays homage in sweet surrender.

After travelling for eons, only my Shyama, can replace

The aching loneliness, blazing a trail of agony in the Heart.

Trouble with Love, is that She’s just as rare as She is priceless,

And none of Her many Lovers, ever wish to lose Her.

We long for millennia; understandably afraid to turn our gaze,

When the immensity of Her alluring majesty, finally descends.

Come, my Beloved, take me to a place, where we’ll be all alone,

Untouchable, like breath, merging with the unspoken scent, of Emptiness.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. March 9th, 2021


Consoling words from Manatita

"You seek Me unknowingly,

In the iridescent beauty of daffodils.

Where can I go?

I am with you always--

Dancing in the miracle of flowers;

Singing in the sanctum of your Heart." - Manatita


Love and Beauty

© 2021 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on March 15, 2021:

Thanks Brenda.

All my work are dated. Some much older than the 11 years I've been here. Thank you!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 15, 2021:

I have several on here like that...just keep your original paperwork. Anything where you jotted down notes with a date.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 15, 2021:

Thank you so much!! Appreciated!

Amara from Pakistan on March 15, 2021:

Thank you Manatita, Eventhough I am a worldly person but I love spirtuality. I am very much inspired by Rumi's work.. And I like your unique style and a spirtual touch in your writings. Lots of Gratitude..

manatita44 (author) from london on March 15, 2021:


Welcome here. I have had a few new friends lately. I think you're the one that uses that amazing spiritual style. Beautiful!

Amara from Pakistan on March 15, 2021:

How beautifully you express your thoughts through words, I loved it..

manatita44 (author) from london on March 14, 2021:

Good morning/afternoon, my sweet Li-Jen. Great to see you! How are you coping with current life? Drop me a line. Gratitude.

Li-Jen Hew on March 14, 2021:

Hi Manatita. Hope you’re feeling better. Glad to know you still write in HubPages and devoted to showing some love to hubbers in these hard times. It is a fitting tribute to Linda and I’m sure her articles leave the wonderful scent of the food she’s written about. Your poem takes us on a journey, surrounded by a variety of flowers, suited to the title, Beauty in Nature. Thank you for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 11, 2021:

Thank you, my Friend.

This is a truly blessed thing to say. Gratitude ... much!

Amara from Pakistan on March 11, 2021:

You are a blessed writer Manatita, I like your style.. Stay blessed..

manatita44 (author) from london on March 11, 2021:


Yes, she's been! I like your wording, O poet supreme! Thank you so much!!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 11, 2021:

Manatita, this is such a fitting tribute to my sister from another mother. Your words are as beautiful as the spring flowers which grace this page.

Linda will love this!

manatita44 (author) from london on March 11, 2021:

Thank you so much, my Dear Linda L. Stay well, happy and blessed.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 11, 2021:

Awe, Linda. You're here!

You honour me. I like your take on these lines. Some one else mentioned it. I just liked the start I got from a sort of reverie this morning and went with it. I had another today, one full of rhymes, but I was out and about and never got to writing it down.

Now I'm bogged down with editing some very bad English. Should have refused! Lol. Someone in my Centre from Slovenia, writing about losing weight. Ha-ha.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on March 11, 2021:

I am humbled by your loving words; I only hope I can even in some small way live up to the image you have of me.

"Whene'er I'm lost in emptiness love carries me in its fullness." Oh, Manatita, those words truly speak to me; I feel that the grace of our loving God surrounds me.

Your sonnet is a wonderful parable of our life journey on this earth. “I walk the hills; abandon the plains.”

I am touched beyond words by this loving tribute. Thank you, my dear friend.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 11, 2021:

Yes, it has a lovely ring to it. Came to me in sleep a.m. The first line did, then a stanza, then I began to lose it, so I got up and wrote it then, had some breakfast and finished it afterwards. Thank you so much!!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2021:

Your poetry is exquisite. I particularly liked the one about walking the hills. Linda will appreciate this dedication to her.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 11, 2021:

Thanks Brenda,

So happy you found some solace in these words. Highly appreciated!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 11, 2021:


I love the peacefulness in these words.

Lovely tribute.

Take care.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 11, 2021:

Hi John,

Thank you so much!! An honour from one brother poet to another. Much Love.

An honour, my Didi ji Chitrangada Sharan.

Much appreciations...much!!

EK Jadoon,

Well, What a nice thing to say!! Thank you for your trust and beauty. Gratitude.

Hi Dee,

I feel you close. Like you're next to me. Would be nice to see each other one day. Our green lands and undulating hills in the caribbean are quite special! Stay safe and blessed.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 11, 2021:

Manatita, I love the hills. They speak to me way more than the ocean. I also love the fill of Nature in your poetry today, and of course, the Rumi quote. Blessings to you and to Linda.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on March 11, 2021:

Linda is much Lucky that you have wrote such a lovely poem for her. Keep up the good work. It is indisputable fact that your are a great and lovely poet.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 11, 2021:

Beautiful and deserving tribute to Linda.

She is a wonderful writer, and she has made culinary art interesting to everyone, who reads her articles.

I walk the hills, abandon the plains—, has deep thoughts. Loved your poetry, as always.

Appreciations and best wishes to both of you.

Thank you for sharing.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 11, 2021:

Linda is a very worthy recipient of this homily, manatita. She is a wonderful person, and your poetry as always is beautiful.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 11, 2021:




Yes, I know. Thank you so much!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 11, 2021:

Linda is one of the very few Hubbers I have met in person, and I can attest to the fact that she is every bit as lovely and kind in person as she is online. Beautiful tribute for a beautiful human being.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 11, 2021:


Welcome here! Thank you!

Why does he need to be a Hindu? Ha-ha.

Actually the great Savant Nolini Kanta Gupta, says that there have been many great philosophers, both East and West. He added that the Western Philosophers, tended to put the exquisite in the dark side, while the Eastern Philosophers lifted the dark to the Light.

I guess you can say that Brahman uses Its myriad flowers in various ways to create diversity. The East, though, has blended its Philosophy with Spirituality, while in the West, it is still somewhat separate. Much gratitude Bro.

Misbah Sheikh on March 11, 2021:

Thanks Manatita your love, kindness and support are big reasons behind my achievements

Thanks to Allah, He blessed me with wonderful souls around me


manatita44 (author) from london on March 11, 2021:


Ha-ha. I used the word 'reticent' but there are so many meanings to it. Let's settle for 'demure', as I know what I mean and she'll know what I meam ... hopefully. Lol.


I'm a little like Bill.

One can use charm, even flattery, but it must come from a space of the Light within. Guruji used to teach us how to embellish his plays. They're spiritual, but if the embellishment is right, then it enhances it beauty. Bringing forward a human virtue is a beautiful thing when done in a sincere and heartfelt way.

Thank you so much!


Aye, Pamela. Wonderful tribute in a succinct way from you! Gratitude ... much!!

Hegel from 26.3452° N, 89.4482° E on March 11, 2021:

Had Mr. William Wordsworth been alive today, and if he were a Hindu ~ he would have written something like this!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 11, 2021:

Your poetry is a lovely tribute to Linda, Manatita. Linda is a wonderfully, thoughtful Christian woman who is active in her church. The pictures, along with your writing makes this a beautiful tribute.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 11, 2021:

manatita44, Your style is brilliant to all your tributes and now this is just perfect. I learned that you know how to write with charm, kindness and with honesty. It shows your greatness and how much you can make one feel good about themselves, even if they don't.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 11, 2021:

Shy is good!

manatita44 (author) from london on March 11, 2021:


A great compliment!

He was one of my many favourites at school. My style compliments others, but is very unique! Shukriya, my Brother. Om Shanti!


Yes, Linda L is a very sweet lady. Glad you're learning well. You remind me of a bright student who skip grades. Brilliant work from you and so quickly!! Glory to Allah!

Hi Ann,

Oh? I'll remember then. Chuckle. May's not so far away. Yes, Linda's a lovely spirit! A bit shy, perhaps, but don't say I said that. Lol. Actually, it has its virtues. Much Love.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on March 11, 2021:

nature loving poet...reminding me Wordsworth!!!

Misbah Sheikh on March 11, 2021:

Manatita, it is a beautiful tribute to a very lovely lady

I am sure she will like it too

Thanks for sharing your beautiful poetry as always.

I am now following her

I took a look on her profile and its beautiful

I am glad you introduced her and many other good souls as well,

I am gathering as many gems as I can

Wise words Manatita

“Amidst the despair and the scars of the scyte,

The Light always enters."

Sending Blessings to both of you

Ann Carr from SW England on March 11, 2021:

Lovely tribute to lovely Linda! Those daffodils are wonderful too - my favourites.

Linda has become a good friend, supportive and fun. It's great that you've done her justice in these words for her.


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