It’s A Thin Line, My Dear #dream#writephoto#mighty

how mighty it is my dear that I dream of you in my deepest sleep at night as my knight in shining armor and yet in my waking time you are but a wretch rascal how mighty it is, even more, my dear that you are my r

how mighty
it is my dear
that I dream of you
in my deepest
sleep at night
as my knight
in shining armor
and yet in my waking time
you are but a wretch rascal
how mighty it is, even more, my dear
that you are my rainbow after my rain
yet in my darkest night, you are
my eclipse casting a shadow
upon my world
how mighty
it is oh dear,
that you are the one
I hate to love
and the one
I love to hate

the road indeed
is narrow
as it’s a thin line
between love and hate

 

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Thank you to Irma of https://iidorun.wordpress.com for this “the person you love to hate or the person you hate to love.” a comment she left in my previous post My Dear Summer, Rain and Goodbye https://michnavs.wordpress.com/2020/06/29/my-dear-summer-rain-and-goodbye-whatdoyousee/

Linking to Eugi’s weekly prompt: mighty

Eugi’s Weekly Prompt “Mighty”, June 29, 2020

Sue’s  dream – writephoto prompt https://scvincent.com/2020/07/02/thursday-photo-prompt-dream-writephoto/

Life’s Lesson #discernment#FridayFun#thankfulness

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Life is not a game of chance,

nor a lot of great circumstances.

Life is not even a bed of roses,

nor a bag of chocolates.

Life is indeed a matter of good choices

and how to make the best ones.

 

 

 

My choices in life may have not been really the best ones. I must honestly say I have had my own share of bad choices. But as my life progresses I was able to turn those bad choices into the best ones thus making me the best possible person I am.

My mother taught me the basics of discernment. It was with her that I realized that things don’t just happen, but it happens because we make it happen no matter how much we intellectualized or rationalized that it is beyond our capacity as human beings. But she said….that is why we were gifted with the power to discern. The dictionary defines discernment as to the ability to reveal insights and understand.  Exactly why we need to empower ourselves with discernment. This will usher us to make the right choices.

My father, on the other hand, has taught me so many things about how to live my life and how to affect other people’s lives as well. He is a very kind and generous, and compassionate man; but when it comes to helping other people, this is what he has to say always “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. 

It is with this thought that I go by how I help people. I can extend help once or twice or okay, let’s say thrice but more than that, my father used to say, is too much of being generous, and instead of simply extending help, I find ways to provide them with a sustainable way of making money or earning income. But sadly, some people don’t like to work or simply would rely on “help” or “aid”. This attitude is very common among us Filipinos.

We are very family-oriented; that we are obliged to help even our distant relatives or friends. It seemed though that because of this idea, many people abuse the culture of “help” in the Philippines, that when you at some point get tired of always helping you become the family’s devil’s advocate. Relatives and friends will be mad at you for not being able to help them. It is very frustrating because some people are even being ungrateful. While you work so hard to make money; they wait for you to simply feed them and help them.

This should also be part of our considerations when making choices in life. Because as we get older and become more successful others will be envious of your success and they will expect you to help them all the time.

 

1. I choose FAITH

I am not a very religious person. I am not even the type you see in the church all the time. I am not the one who also memorizes every single prayer there is. I also am not the typical middle-age woman in a veil going to mass. But I say, I choose to believe in GOD. I choose to believe that HE is powerful and thus HE is responsible for all that I am.

2. I choose HAPPINESS

As I have mentioned, life is not a bed of roses. It can be bad, it can be sad, it can be lonely, it can be worst……but if we choose happiness no amount of bad, lonely, sad, worst situation can make us reject the fact that life is what we make it after all…

We all surely have gone through a lot of rough, bumpy roads…who didn’t? but if we only learn to see the good in even the worst situation….LIFE would be GREAT… remember, happiness is simply a choice; loneliness is simply optional.

3. I choose THANKFULNESS

An ungrateful heart always leaves us feeling miserable. If we carry on with ungratefulness, no matter what we have, no matter what happens we would – it would never always be enough.

4. I choose POSITIVENESS

Blessed Laura Vicuna said, “smile always and suffer silently”…Her life is a wonderful example of how someone could turn a negative situation into something positive; an example of cheerfulness amidst heartaches.

We don’t have to be saints to be positive. As they say, if we only see life “like a glass full rather than half empty” then we would have the power to change our lives for the better for good.

5. I choose AWARENESS

Awareness in everything that we do, awareness in everything that we can’t do, awareness in every talent that we have, and awareness in the fact that we were all made unique.

We need to be aware of every situation we are in and what led us into it; it is by then that we see if we are leading towards sin…or towards a life anchored in our faith

How about you?…

Linking to kate’s Friday – Fun: Fishing https://aroused.blog/2020/06/27/friday-fun-fishing/

Again (published in WOMAWORDS JUNE EDITION)

I am thrilled to announce that my poem “Again” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM -an  International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS.

kindly go check the following links

https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-the-ravaging-virulent-covid-19-pandemic-a-special-journal/

https://personalitiesofinspiration.wordpress.com/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-covid-19-a-womawords-june-edition/

https://medium.com/@miombopublishing/imagining-life-after-covid-19-a-global-poetry-response-fcaa04828d07

 

 

P. S.

Thank you to Irma of https://iidorun.wordpress.com

My Dear Summer, Rain and Goodbye #whatdoyousee

Oh, my dear summer
and rain
and goodbye
why did you conspire
to break my heart
altogether at once
why do I have to remember
you both, as
the happiest
and the saddest
memory
like a photograph
capturing
every smile
not knowing
the loneliness
behind
the gloomy feeling
after each radiant
and charming smile
my dearest summer, rain
and goodbye please cease
to connive and stop breaking my heart
altogether, at once

 

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(For a visually challenged reader, the image shows a camera capturing the image of a woman in color, while the rest of the image is in black and white. There are lots of tools on the wall behind the camera)

What do you see # 36 – 29 June 2020

My Silver and Gold #silver#writephoto

 

 

silver and gold

glittering colors of

precious gems

mostly loved

by  women

of grace and power

but what are your silver and gold

in life and in all that you have?

my silver and gold

are the stories I tell

the poetry I write

inspired by nature’s

everlasting beauty and kindness

to humanity as it offers

wondrous gifts of

everlasting and magnificent

sight to behold

my silver and gold

are the people I love

people I care and people

I cherish

they make my life

shining

brilliantly

amidst

darkness and loneliness

and the greatest of these silver and gold

is non-other than

to be loved by you

 

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Thursday photo prompt: Silver #writephoto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barong Tagalog (a repost)

I heard the news of you leaving as someone from the other line was sobbing, crying, weeping. “He’s gone”, was all I can hear. I wept, I cried ’till I can’t cry anymore.

It was a warm summer morning.

You left without saying goodbye. Without notice. It broke my heart in pieces, I could die.

I told myself I’ll never go far away from you again, but what’s the point?

I was wounded, helpless, and even when far away an interrupted cry could be heard as I lament in desperation.

Distance is killing me.

The sun was shining but the rain came pouring when I flew back home to bid my goodbye.

You were smiling. You felt rested. And you look handsome as ever. I smiled back looking at you as I said “your barong Tagalog looks perfect on you”. I blew you a kiss like I used to.

I was ushered away, away from your side.

 

 

 

 

 

Note:  The Barong Tagalog, more commonly known as simply barong (and occasionally called baro), is an embroidered formal shirt and considered the national dress of the Philippines.
In Filipino culture it is a common formal attire

 

I am reposting this for Eugi’s prompt -Summer
Eugi’s Weekly Prompt “Summer”, June 22, 2020

 

 

I Told You So

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of all the sayings there is,

the one my cool dad

taught me first, tops my list

“all our dreams can come true,

if we have the courage to pursue them”

Walt Disney was his favorite

and dad is my favorite too

that made me dream the grandest dreams

and believe in happily- ever- after

mom is fine with that,

she always says, but I doubt so

‘cos she’d argue, as Forest Gump

famously said ” life is like a box

of chocolates, you never know

what you’re gonna get”

so hard work, dedication

and perseverance were the qualities

she instilled, for we never knew

what happens next

but we can always prepare

she constantly insists

by now you know

my parents were two

opposing individuals

made one, by love

for they both believe

in what Victor Hugo said

“the greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves”

ours was a story of a life lived well

in love and compassion;

in kindness and generosity

as one loving family

we believe in an old

saying that goes

“I shall pass this way but once;

any good, therefore, that I can do

or any kindness that I can show

to any human being, let me do it now

let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again”, we believe

that in every moment,

every interaction, every opportunity

there is a chance to do good

it’s all about the little ways we can show kindness, it’s the tiny, seemingly

insignificant things that

we can do to help someone else

that matters

you don’t have to spend money

or even give all your time,

you just need to act

in a good and kind nature

with a heart full of gratitude

with love and sincerity

 

 

 

Written for kate’s friday fun – sayings https://aroused.blog/2020/06/20/friday-fun-a-saying/

An Angel and the Devil in Disguise #whatdoyousee

she told of a tale

in a faraway castle

’bout a damsel, in distress

how she loved him,

fell for his demons first

and vowed to forever

love ’till eternity

but he was his devil

she gave him reasons

to wanna have a halo

instead of a horn

he made her

want to see heaven

instead of hell

and oh,

how she affects his soul

she loves him unconditionally

and washed away the blood

of evil on him

her voice was soothing

more tempting than

a million passionate kisses

and her touch was softer than

a light feathered cotton

he could walk throughout of hell

and be the angel

he so long desired

will good prevail

or will love ever

be greater

than any evil

there is

such was her story

’bout an angel and

a devil in disguise

in a faraway land

where no man

can find

 

 

 

 

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Image Credit- Pixabay- Ariadne-a-mazed

(For visually challeneged reader, the image shows a castle at night, it’s turrets and towers reflecting moonlight. A cloudy sky can be seen in the backdrop.)

For Sadje’s

What do you see # 35- 22 June 2020

Soar Like an Eagle #soar#writephoto

 

you told me
to soar like
an eagle
aim high
and fly
dream the biggest
and reach for the skies
oh, you said
remember, it won’t
be that simple
nor easy
you taught me
life lessons as an eagle
learns to fly
they fly alone or at least
with their kind
and in life
find people
who think like you
dream, grow together
never waste time with naysayers
concentrate
focus
as eagles do
embrace challenges
make sure to welcome
every storm
as eagles do
for storms lift them above the clouds
where they can rest their wings
and become stronger

and because of you
I, now soar higher
above the clouds
better
stronger
as eagles
do

Happy Father’s day Dad, wherever you are❤❤❤

 

Linking to Sue’s https://scvincent.com/2020/06/18/thursday-photo-prompt-soar-writephoto/

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(For visually challenged writers, the image shows a sky full of dark, stormy clouds against which four large birds are silhouetted in flight.)

Thursday photo prompt: Soar #writephoto

Oh, Dear One

Oh, Dear One

 

 

your brilliance is undeniable
like a fine diamond
with its great brightness
and luster
yours is a
conspicuous talent
and excellent
mental ability
but why, oh dear
did you let
the crooked
system
take away
the brilliance
in you
please my dear
take a pause
silence your heart
and remember
who you
really are

 

Eugi’s Weekly Prompt “Brilliance”, June 15, 2020

VJ’s Weekly Challenge #100: Pause