silence

“I set aside one day for silence and for twenty-four hours (first and third Monday of the month) I did not speak. At that time I had no idea this would be the beginning of personal odyssey of exploration and discovery, a long journey not without difficulties but one that, in the ensuing years, would transform my life.”-Anne D. LeClaire, Listening Below The Noise

note: I started reading a book, Listening Below The Noise, by Anne D. LeClaire. I am almost fuIly recovered from my heart surgery except for tiredness. I still have a hard writing, putting words and phrases together.IMG_2416

a way of life

“All we have in life is life. Things do not make life, life. The gift of life, the secret of life,is that it must be developed from within ourselves, not from what we collect or consume as we go through it, not even from what we experience in the course of it…(but from) a set of values,an attitude of mind, a way of going through life designed to bring life to life.”-Joan Chittister, Illuminated Life

One night

I walked to the river yesterday. The blue heron was tiptoeing on the opposite bank not minding the fishermen sitting on their folding chairs with their cast lines resting on sticks. They were talking with their drop-by friends. I said hi. They said hi. Then one man showed me the skid marks of the car that jumped over the stone barrier into the river the midnight before.The driver was a 15 year old girl and the passengers were another 15 year old girl and a 14 year old boy. They were able to get out of the car before it sank in the river. The incident was reported to the police on the following morning according to the newspaper.

I was very tired when I walked back home.

World Day of Prayer

“World Day of Prayer is held each year on the first Friday in March. The day was the idea of Church Women United who work for justice and peace. Each year, women’s group from a different country writes a prayer service and theme for the day.

For World Day of Prayer 2017 which is being celebrated today, the women group from the Philippines prepared the prayer with the theme, ‘Am I being unfair to you?’ ”

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note: the photos are taken from the website of World Day of Prayer.
Click here: Prayer

Why must I write

“There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple ‘I must,’ then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse.”
-Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters To A Young Poet

Seasons of learning

It’s winter cold. Freezing.
Her hair are like icicles.
I wear a hat.
When the sun comes out
I take out my hat
Her hair melts as if
She just had a shower.
I like summer
We become real persons.
And spring?
We bloom like acacia trees
We are all sneezing
Even our dogs
Are afraid of us.
Of course in autumn
We shave our heads
Smooth like diamonds.
Wealth is a matter of perspective
Is a contention of our debate.
We read Goethe’s Faust
And practice the declamation of Mephistopheles
That’s our four seasons
Not unlike Vivaldi’s
Which we learn during our Art and Music class.

So we begin our poetry class.
Guess what we are learning?