Life is Like An Ocean

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Life is like an ocean.  It comes in waves ebbing and flowing.   Sometimes the water is calm, sometimes it’s overwhelming.  And just when you thought you’ve seen it all, you’ll be caught by surprise that there’s more to come.

Realizing that life is a cycle.  Still being thankful that there will always be something to be grateful for.  And knowing deep inside that there will always be something beautiful to look forward to.

Yes, the best wave of your life is still out there.  Learn from the waves and enjoy the ride.

The Reluctant Surfer

The reluctant surfer
I used to be
scared of the storm
and the waves I see

the water looks deep
and the height is steep

Avoiding it
I thought i’m a wise man
so I just stay on the beach
and build my castle on the sand

But even on the shore,
the waves swept it all

Can’t believe
I thought it’s safe
when i build some walls

So I look for surfboards
and try to ride
the waves that come
and learned from the tide

The fear from the fall
and the pain that it brings
when one is too slow
for paddling and wave breaking

Slowly as i passed
the eye of the tide
and survived the waves
that almost blinded my sight

I stand up all wet
and teary eyed
wiser this time
as the tide subsides

The reluctant surfer
I used to be
gone is the fear
and i’m finally free.

 

 

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Waiting by Joel F

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Short as life is,
our expectations make it shorter
by the careless whisper of time.

And even if time can heal a broken heart,
it can also break a waiting heart.

The sun always shines
and hope always floats

Though the river never pass
and touch the same stone

We wait and believe
that the rainbow of life
offers a pot of gold.

 

 

Daily Prompt:  Someday

 

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Sing Me A Song by Joel F

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A song of agony
A song of faith

A song of love
A song of hate

Sing me a song
You’ll never go wrong

No matter what melody
To nurse the barren memory

It doesn’t really matter
As long as i can relate.

 

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Life is Like a Boat Ride

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Life is like a boat ride. It comes in different boats and vessels.  Huge or small, in whatever shape or form.

It may come in golden moments just like that cruise on a beautiful sunset.  Memorable moments with screams and laughters just like that unforgettable banana boat ride.

Sometimes it scares you when you feel all alone in that small canoe,  in the middle of the vast ocean when storm is brewing and wave’s flashing.

There are times it gives you thrills as you reach your peak while you do that white water rafting, not alone but with a team who took risks, just like family sticking with you come hell or high water.

And no matter how big or small the boat you’re riding,  and how calm the weather is,  you still feel that bouncy bumpy moment, making you wonder why the ride is not smooth sailing when everything seems right.

Sometimes, even if you knew that it’s not a one dimensional journey when you thread on that deep unpredictable water, you still hop in because the boat is coming.

No amount of nausea inducing ride can stop you from trying the ride. Deep inside, you believe you can always adjust the sails because you are the captain.

And  if sometimes life makes you feel you’re just a passenger, you still hold on to that rail.  Clutching your bag of prayers, hoping that the captain will steer it right, believing that nothing is really hopeless.

No time to stand, wait and hope that another boat is coming.  You jump, dive in and swim with faith as your life vest and hope as your anchor.

It doesn’t really matter this time if you know how to swim.  What matters is you know how to find your way.  This time you knew that when the sea gets rough, you don’t look at the water swirling around you.  It will only make you feel worse and scare you more.

Just look at the horizon far away.  It’s the only stable thing when the ride is bumpy.  And that horizon will make you hold on because you deserve to be there.

And you will thank yourself for trying the boat ride. Because now you know the answer.

 

 

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Sleigh Bells Ring, Are You Listening

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I see the christmas lights and hear the yuletide carols.  I remember hiding under the mistletoe. The yesteryears of waiting for santa, expecting a gift eventhough i’ve been naughty, not nice.

I opened the beautifully wrapped gifts.  In excitement i ignore the intricate wrappings. I barely acknowledge the efforts taken in covering the precious presents. Sometimes i forget to give thanks not just for the gifts but for its beautiful wrappings.

Oh, christmas is just around the corner.  A time to be jolly and sleigh rides.  But what happens when Santa’s reindeers are missing because their antlers are used for decorating?  And yes when the sleigh bells started ringing, are you really listening or just hearing?

Although i admit i don’t live in winter wonderland, it doesn’t mean i can’t feel the cold snow and its breeze. But the happy lights of yuletide lanterns and strangers’ smiling faces can make me say,  indeed it’s a beautiful happy sight.

One need  not wait for christmas day,  loving and sharing is not just for a day.  It’s all year through for someone with a giving and grateful heart.   But every year,  i don’t know why i am more kind,  when the christmas bells are starting to chime.

 

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 Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
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Silver Bells, It’s Christmas Time in the City
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The Promise

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Still here waiting
and really hoping

The promise i wish
you’ll be fulfilling

Should i wake up
or keep on dreaming

or is it just
a wishful thinking?

Your sweet talk
i still remember

that dreary night
last september

Tried to call you
but you’ve been avoiding

my calls and text
as if i’m not existing

And when i call you
please stop thinking

That i’m doing it
because i miss you

It’s almost christmas
i’ll buy my honey

the gifts he wants
so he won’t leave me

it’s now or never
so please remember

i need the money
the cash you owe me

if not i’ll send you
a lovely letter

and i will be
your forever stalker.

 

 

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Purple Sky by Joel F

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A new dawn is welcome by a sunrise
but not always with a blue or yellow sky

The little ship that brings some light
will soon arrive and greet the morning star.

Still water and yellow trees
will calm and wipe your purple tears.

And if somehow the purple sky
embraces you with all its hues

Just hold on for it won’t be long
the sun will rise to change its song.

 

 

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A Fool’s Dream By Joel F

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Am i a fool
when i hug you in my dream

When i build my castle
you as my chapel?

Am i crazy
When i twist and turn

with my pillow as i yearn
for peace in my sleep?

Am i batty
i smile when i see

the rainbows in the clouds
away from the crowd?

Am i silly
when i feel so dizzy

the lights of the city
can’t make me move freely?

Am i  nutty
when i fell in deep slumber

As they snore and wonder
why you made me wiser?

As i woke up
from a fool’s dream

and see that life
doesn’t rhyme as it seem

I guess you can call me a loony
You still don’t know me really.

 

 

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Only If You Let The Pigeons Fly

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You clip their wings
the freedom it brings
Feed them crumbs
you forced them sing

A beautiful cage
is never their home
Their melodies
are never your song

What might have been
will never be
The flight of dreams
will set you free

As it speaks to you
and tell you why
your fears
are never their sky

Every night
you hear them chime
but you insist
they never rhyme

For you believe
they should be cage
For love is hate
when you are enslaved

The smiling sky
is yours for free
Awaiting you
its joys and glee

Only
If you let
the pigeons fly.

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The Lamp Post by Joel F

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Keep the faith
and make it stronger

Not by just keeping it inside
or holding on to it

Truly when it is shared
that you see and feel the light.

And when you see the rays
that reached beyond yourself

You’ll be awed
for it doesn’t only light your path

But also gives meaning
to the purpose of your being

We are all one
regardless where we come from

Where we’ll be going
and how we’ll be leaving.

*** photo taken at the Basilica Menore del Santo Nino in Cebu City, Philippines.

 

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