The Slate, published at MasticadoresUSA

Dear all,

I am honoured to share that my poem – The Slate is published at MasticadoresUSA. My utmost gratitude to dear Gabriela Marie Milton and the entire team at MasticadoresUSA for publishing this piece.

The Slate

Staring at this empty slate
Want to scribble my current state
But heart isn’t ready
Mind is talking crazy
Simply can’t breathe
And on top, am about to scream
Want to break that screen
Why do I feel so aggressive?
Or am I simply just possessive?
But I know am worked up & explosive

This noise in my head
Want me to seriously shed
The ray of blood shade
But it ain’t make no sense
So I try to take a nap
But thoughts make me react
The role I then enact
The throbbing in my chest
As if I’m on this unending chase
Don’t know where it would take
I feel my life is on stake
My whole body starts to shake
Grass is full of deadly snakes….

Please read the full poem here. Thank you very much!

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Lightning Rhymes Review 3

I’m delighted & honoured by reading this wonderful review by Tara from Raw Earth Ink on my debut book – Lightning Rhymes…My gratitude to Tara for reading my book & writing an in depth review on Amazon & goodreads…I don’t think I would ever be able to express how it feels…I’m sharing this review…my joy with you all…

You can find Tara on: WordPress & Instagram

A screenshot of the review
Here’s the full review:

“I read this in paperback. This is an unsolicited review.

I’ve been following poet Navin Manik for some time now on multiple social media platforms and for good reason. I often find myself nodding my head, ‘yeah, this guy is speaking my own heart’. Typically I am not a fan of rhyming or structured poetry, but there are a few writers out there who, I feel, do so without it feeling forced or trite. Navin is one such poet. Often it’s not that he pens this huge and powerful revelation, but instead writes through dark and light inner thoughts that I think a lot of us have. Insecurity. Treachery. Longing. Inner torment. The body’s betrayal. Dusk and dawn. Falling down. Looking to the skies above.

It’s a bit tough to choose a favorite from the stack, so I’ll share from the very first poem, the first one he ever wrote, as I understand it. “Speechless I Became” introduces us to this delightful collection with: ‘Speechless I became When I saw the glimpse of me Felt a sudden shift Paused were the thoughts Everything came to a halt Tears began to fall Soul wanted to scream Inner pain was so real Wounds wanted to heal I began to breathe…’ The introspection and subsequent personal revelation is so heartfelt and soul-rending, one has a growing sense of urgency to continue on, page after page.

The book was a great length at just about 120 pages. I like its simple cover and the description makes it feel approachable. I didn’t care for the formatting, however it may due to the nationality of origin (I am aware that different countries have different formatting and ‘rules’ for publishing). I have never purchased a book from this particular country before, so I have nothing to compare it to. But, to describe, the font was a bit large and margins a bit tight, causing it to feel almost crowded on the page. White space in a book is nearly as important as the printed word. But again, this is merely opinion and I don’t count it against the author personally. I did appreciate that I found no misspellings or odd punctuation issues, so that really helps me love this even more. I give this collection 4.25/5 stars and consider it recommended reading for those who enjoy modern metered/rhyming poetry that speaks straight to your heart.”

My poetry style:

I don’t follow any particular style…In fact, I don’t even know how many different styles exist…it doesn’t matter to me…coz poetry is about expressing in whichever manner one wants to…I simply line my rhyme when I eye the shine…that shine is the raw shine of the very moment…whatever it may offer…I listen to my heart…

I’m truly grateful to each & every one of you…for your wonderful support…for your unconditional love towards my poetry..I would only humbly ask you to buy my book if you connect with my rhymes…Lightning Rhymes…

To order my debut book, please click here ✨🙏 ❤️

You may also follow @navinspoetry_ on Instagram.

©2022 Navin’s Poetry. All rights reserved

Dissolving

The body is running at full speed with no brakes
The mind is bleeding the red sea in heavy rains
The eyes are torching the tight cage in pure flames

The time machine can’t restore the lost things in real sense
And there’s no need to preset the defence to face the present
So the system is defragementing the free space with no gates

The lesion isn’t necessarily a damage if seen as a treasured lesson
The dead veins could be the lost key of sanity in this locked scene
The fingers are holding the keepsake delicately with numb grip

The divine grace is embracing the deep pain lovingly in true space
The inner shine is fusing the open scars mindfully in pure faith
The magical energy is dissolving the solid shield to the formless state

To order my debut book, please click here 💫💛✨

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Lightning Rhymes Review 2

I’m delighted, honoured & deeply touched by reading this heartfelt review by Sinead McGuigan (Instagram handle: @sineadmcgpoetry) on my debut book – Lightning Rhymes…My gratitude to Sinead for reading my book & writing this amazing review on Amazon…No words can describe this feeling…

I shared last time how & when I started writing poems…before that, I had never written a single line…but I do remember clearly that I would simply “sing” to myself on my way home from the train station…that 10 minutes walk…yeah, I sound best if you put noise cancellation hearing protection on 😉…I was like…”nah, it’s not me”…what I’m actually saying is that I did sense something but that’s about it…but that changed in late 2017…a state of self-realization…I felt this crazy need to write those words down…I’m sharing my very first poem below…I was like “what’s happening to me…in me”…I started writing whenever I would sense words in me…I was admitted to the hospital on 7th Nov 2019…the day I was hit by brain hemorrhage…writing poetry was all I did besides the regular therapies & a bit of chit chatting…poetry helped me…it’s therapeutic in the sense that I could express what I was going through…I even shared my poem with the nurses & therapists 😊😂…I couldn’t have made it this far without them, the municipality, my friends, colleagues, blogger friends & my own will to live…and most importantly, without the beautiful support & love from my family…7th Nov 2021 was my conscious choice to publish my debut book…coz it’s the date of my rebirth…

I’m truly grateful to each & every one of you…for your wonderful support…this book was my dream & it would’ve remained that way if you were not there to show your love…I would only humbly ask you to buy my book if you connect with my lines…if you wish to read my rhymes…Lightning Rhymes…

To order my debut book, please click here. It’ll take you to the “linktr.ee” link. My gratitude ✨🙏 ❤️

Wishing You A Very Happy New Year…that’s filled with joy, peace & light…Thank you for your time to read this sharing of mine ✨💛💫

I’ll be sharing another heartfelt review within a week.

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©2021 Navin’s Poetry. All rights reservedb

My Mind (reblogging an updated version)

Let me give you a ride
And take you inside to this site
To give you some insight
Into the arena of my simple mind

It’s been a while since I found sleep by my side
It’s just this one little thing with me
Too many thoughts are nesting inside
Questioning me day & night, the meaning of life

I feel like detonating my thoughts at times
To simply blow up my own mind
To make some space during the sleepless nights
To change those formless kinds into this form of rhymes

My mind often wears no armor under roaring skies
Unlike that strong dark knight in olden times
Covered in steel & gold in those bloodthirsty fights
That used to kill to conquer for ego & pride

My mind phrases these words & scatter them on this dark page
Just like the shining stars sprinkled all over the dark space
The constellation of burning stars you see far far away
Where the unknown finally meets its ace, the card of spades

To order my debut book, please click here. It’ll take you to the “linktr.ee” link. My gratitude 💫💟✨

You may also follow @navinspoetry_ on Instagram.

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©2021 Navin’s Poetry. All rights reserved

Lightning Rhymes Review 1

I’m honoured, humbled & delighted to share this wonderful review by Michelle on my debut book – Lightning Rhymes…Thank you very much for reading my book & writing this review on Goodreads…It’s an amazing feeling to know that my book is well received.

You can find Michelle on: WordPress & Instagram

I won’t ask you to show some love by simply buying my book…coz you’ve already been showing so much love towards my poetry…towards me…I had never dreamt that you – my readers would connect with my poetry…I started writing my lines just for myself back in late 2017…an outlet I found when something clicked in me…when I finally saw a glimpse of myself…my journey of writing poetry started from that point of time…words can’t express how grateful I am to each & every one of you for your wonderful support…I would only humbly ask you to buy my book if you connect with my lines…if you wish to read my rhymes…Lightning Rhymes…

To order my debut book, please click here. It’ll take you to the “linktr.ee” link. My gratitude ✨🙏 ❤️

I’ll be sharing another heartfelt review within a week.

You may also follow @navinspoetry_ on Instagram.

©2021 Navin’s Poetry. All rights reservedb

A Human Being

So if I simply write this to you
Would you read it?
Would you get what I mean?
Eye me explicitly
Tear me tenderly
Drop me dramatically
Wet me whimsically

I’m dreaming in this dream
You are with me
Soulful touches
Body heat
Wet lips
Intense eyes
One heart

Yeah, it surely is a dream
Coz I can only see me in reality
Empty touches
Body scream
Dry lips
Soft eyes
Broken heart

Is love only related to a relation with another human?
Is love about feeling, touching & kissing?
Is love about missing, longing & meeting?
Is love about losing, sacrificing & winning?
Is love conditional, seasonal & situational?
Answers I already have coz I know its true meaning

But tonight I’m missing the heat
Tonight I don’t want to really see
My craving to kiss like crazy
And look in the beautiful eyes so deep
Touch the gentle skin tenderly
Forget the world & all those what ifs

But the emptiness in me
Is choking me very slowly
My throat is dry & heavy
My soul is grey & rainy
This moment my body is shivering
Coz I’m feeling once again very lonely

Vulnerability at its peak
Soon I won’t be able to speak
Caged in these feelings like a freak
Running around in circles to be free
Closing my eyes to find the inner peace
But eyes are constantly dripping beads

Yeah, it truly was just a dream
I’m sitting in my room not able to sleep
It’s time to listen to my favorite playlist
Before I sink into my loneliness a few more feet
I’m in tears but I just don’t want to scream
Weak & in pain I can be coz I too am a human being

To order my debut book, please click here. It’ll take you to the “linktr.ee” link. My gratitude 🖤✨🤍

You may also follow @navinspoetry_ on Instagram.

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iSick

Lots of beautiful posts & comments are flowing on my screen
But unfortunately, I ain’t able to read those lovely writings
Coz I’ve been absent from WP & IG for almost a week
It’s just this little thing with me that I feel kinda weak
Cough, cold & fever are knocking my surface constantly
So taking rest most of the time is my current priority
I’ll be back but just know there’s always a constant flow of energy between you & me

To order my debut book, please click here. It’ll take you to the “linktr.ee” link. My gratitude 🙏🤍💫

You may also follow @navinspoetry_ on Instagram.

Photo taken by myself. 

©2021 Navin’s Poetry. All rights reserved

My Serene Kingdom

Wilting under the tilted splinters
Blinking to see flickering clickers
Playing with my sneaky demons
Voicing my cadence with slippery fingers

Creating this path in deadly trackers
Breaking the norms in small fragments
Braking with claws on warm ashes
Picturing the forms with my naked senses

Scanning the heart in pure silence
Spiraling the sky with mindful timings
Spotting the clouds with sharp lightning
Sounding the dark with beautiful thundering

Shining in my eyes when I glimpse a mirror
Signing these lines to refine the present
Sighing this rhyme when I sea the wisdom
Resighting this site to build my serene kingdom

To order my debut book, please click here. It’ll take you to the “linktr.ee” link. My gratitude 🙏🤍💫

You may also follow @navinspoetry_ on Instagram.

Photo taken by myself.

©2021 Navin’s Poetry. All rights reserved

Spoken Word Poetry Collaboration: Implore – by Lauren M. Hancock and Navin Manik

Recently, I had this lovely opportunity to work with my dear friend, Lauren of Lauren M. Hancock Poetry and Prose, to write & record a piece together. Lauren is a poet, painter, violinist and above all, a wonderful, sweet & kind being. Please visit her blog, where you’ll find her heartfelt, soulful, raw poetry, prose & spoken word and her beautiful artwork. My gratitude to Lauren for reaching out to me, to make this happen.

Implore

The breaths I take
The steps I sway
When I dance on my feet
My ground is change

The heights I stare
The case is space
The light has shades
The dark isn’t just pain

I see the sane
When I saw the chain
I tear the deep
When I drop the waves

The colours I blend
The Universe I paint
The eyes then glare
The divine through pen

I expand upon
an inner sense
of personal justice
social soul well meant

I know I know
the ability for
personal growth

is well rooted deep within,
for every passing second
my efforts are tirelessly sown,

my chest expands
my heart, it flows
rich with breath, mighty effort
stallion-like strength –
continuous insistence,
and sound temperament.

our steps in time
pirouetting groundwork
yours and mine

our knowledge together
brought closely in life
we stare down the precipice
and soar, divine,

unknowingly yet aware
we become entwined
intent and more
this World we explore

for reaching our Universe’s heights
sights and sounds
enriching our abilities
our minds implore.

Violin track & artwork by Lauren and video & sound editing by myself.

You can also follow us on Instagram:

@laurenm.hancock

@navinspoetry_

©2021 Lauren M. Hancock Poetry and Prose & Navin’s Poetry. All rights reserved.