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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Two poems and a crack in the head

It took me a long while to finally come out with a decision about sharing my two untitled poems here on My Journey. I wrote the poems sometime in November of last year and I since didn't even bother giving each of them a title but would like that my readers choose for whatever title they can think about and of for the said poems. Poetry has become a longing by which I had to seek asylum with. The poems reveal some answers which the readers, struck with mixed emotions, would either be left guessing or find what a crack in the head to deal with:

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It’s mind placing.
A glimpse of what is
the beginning

of the end, or
the end of the beginning,
abstract and sometimes

the beautiful display
of what’s evolved from out of such
a lack of view

for the final picture.
Needle pricks stung
the sight—no point sending one last hint

at obvious. This principle
can long endure is the name
of the game

simply because that’s not
the way things
have to always look.

The paradox is one
that is likely to become
increasingly familiar:

A hand brushing across
the climate of opinions;
the lure to keep focused.

Why do you think
it brought you all the way
up here?

The glanced up still hurtling—
the same self-conscious stare
of thumping against the screen.

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Same principle, different device.
The paradox helps shape the possibility
if you can’t find someone, like

a guest who always settles in the same chair
in the living room, to become the accepted form
within the overall rule. Maybe

you missed that part, maybe not.
To make the most of this argument
can only generate so much query at once,

something you don’t want to happen, happened.
And what about your newest answer
darting across a stream of crosschecks

came back with the same equation
any way: if x is the Alpha
and y, the Omega—even when reversed—

would surely expose what little ignorance left, out of you,
amounting to no more than a square
of mangled darkness in your own room.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Time, as I saw it, flies like an eagle

"Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them." --Dion Boucicault

"Time goes, you say?  Ah no!
Alas, Time stays, we go."
--Henry Austin Dobson

Time, as I saw it, flies like an eagle
Soaring on greater heights to track its prey
Below: the helpless ones bound with the rule.
With wings spread wide open, gliding most free,
Against the wind by which the flight enhanced--
Yet it's the inner courage that prevails.
When eyes are but visions ever sharp, glanced,
And glances long and focused as it kills--
The precious catch what it can take with claws.
Farewell to no definite chance may seem--
There only is, by practice, to abuse
The hunt where the hunter, without doubt, claims
What must be consumed: the whole of a thing,
What you don't own, control; what it can bring.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Lines from a traveler

Being surrounded with people who have the same interests as you, at a certain point of your life, was like being tracked with a GPS device that would put you back to what map you must belong with. That was what I was feeling then, during my college days in a university where I happened to not only came to know people who have deep passion for writing, but as well came to live with them. These people are, like myself, have a certain degree of weirdness in them compared to ordinary mortals. Or, for some, may be investigated for the wrong reasons.

Harvey writes like a pro although he has never published anything yet back then and I learned a lot from him. His poem "Hitler's grip: A cry for Germany" was exceptionally very well written but he has chosen to keep all of his works to himself as he doesn't like the idea of publishing his own works. Ronnie, on the other hand, is a shy type. Silent as he was and may be most of the time and one that usually prefers to be alone, his writing will do all the talking though. I really admired his writing style because it felt like I was reading a fresh material each time and he always had a beautiful way of expressing it all through the written words. Jessie was a rare type. He writes fast, and in large volumes about anything at any point of time. He seemed like he didn't have that "writer's block" in him that some of us writers sometimes would. Mostly of his subjects were ordinary things, objects, places, and events, and as if with a magic, turned it into a masterpiece. His essay about a "gecko" was truly brilliant and he wrote it when, one time, he saw the small creature creeping upon the ceiling of his room.

I came to live with these people as we shared the same dormitory back in college. What I noticed about them was that they all have that great addiction for coffee by which I later on became one as well. "Try something ordinary and make it as fresh as possible," said Harvey as he read what was an amateurish Victorian poem of mine. I learned a lot from him, and from them as well but I never heard anything from them since then. Also, I have long ago quit drinking coffee.

Back then, it was a different perspective I was seeing. But as the years rolled by, I was seeing from all sides now. Below is a poem I wrote when I was in college and during which I still had a lot to learn from fellow writers and poets:

Arise from the grave of dreaming
O sleeping soul of mine
And scan the world without ceasing
Until you'll find the line

So lift your feet, now you must go
Amid the dark of night
What though your steps move very slow?
At least you'll have to fight

Along the way of rocks and dusts
Across a desert dead
Just keep the faith, don't walk too fast 
Patience is what you'll need

That narrow road upon the path 
Of falling down and strife
You must take it, no matter what
It is the way of life

Friday, March 9, 2012

Simple tips on how to achieve and maintain a healthy heart

The heart is one of the most important organs of our body. It pumps the blood to and from the different parts of our body and to the lungs starting from even inside the womb till the last of our breath. The normal human heart weighs 250 grams to 350 grams and almost the same size as that of a human fist. Once the heart malfunctions, the whole system of our body would be directly affected. The following are simple tips on how to achieve and maintain a healthy heart:

  • Eat the right and proper foods. A well-balanced diet accompanied with moderation in eating is the first step to getting healthy. Our diet should consist more on fruits and vegetables and less on meat and fatty foods. From the beginning, eating of meat as food has never been included as God's original diet for mankind. God's chosen diet for mankind could be read in Genesis 1:29: And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food." The use of animal meat for human consumption has only been allowed after the Great Flood, with Noah and his family as the lone survivors, when all the green things in all the earth have been destroyed and would take a considerable amount of time for them to grow back again so as to become foods to humans.The Holy Bible mentioned about people before the Great Flood who lived longer than those who came to live afterwards. Methuselah was the oldest person who ever lived at 969 years old (Genesis 5:27): "And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years, and he died."

  • Fresh and clean air, fit to drink water, and plenty of sunlight. This is to suggest that nature plays a very important role in our quest to be healthy.  By trying to be natural as much as possible and to avoid the suffocating climate of the urban jungle, we could benefit the positive impact of nature on our health. Nature heals and restores.

  • Move a lot, exercise. You don't always have to go to the the gym just to be physically fit and healthy although it helps, at some point, to keep us motivated to achieve that so desired form most people get while working out in the gym. For those who cannot afford or being just too busy to be enrolled in a program in the gym, you can do simple walking. Walking is one of the most easy, safe, and ideal form of exercises recommended for everyone. Also, when going up in a tall building, you can choose the ladder instead of the elevator.

  • Avoid poisonous substances. Quit smoking or if you haven't tried smoking, then don't smoke at all. The use of illegal drugs are unacceptable at all times. Consume the least amount of alcoholic beverages or much better, refrain from drinking them at all.

  • Be positive and jolly. Always look at the bright side of life. Problems are everywhere and, sometimes, unavoidable, but you only have to find and offer solutions, not add more problems. Some things we cannot change or control, but we can always try to control our attitude towards them and, consequently, change their effects on us for the better.

  • Always put God at the center of your life. He is the Master Physician and with Him and through Him, nothing is impossible.

Lots of heart diseases and abnormalities could have been avoided or treated well if we just follow the simple tips on how to have a healthy heart. You don't have to complicate things out, just get back to the basics to stay healthy. It is really very important to take good care of our heart because, as what Proverbs 27:19 would have us told that: "As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man."

Friday, March 2, 2012

Let me through a foolish thought swims

"So free we seem, so fettered fast we are!"
-Robert Browning

"Freedom has a thousand charms to show,
That slaves, howe'er contented, never know."
                                                      -William Cowper

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."
                                                       -Viktor E. Frankl

Let me through a foolish thought swims
And carry forth what it can bring:
Not what a mind can leak at best
But the sprout is all a growing.

So many things that should diffuse
But yet the eyes can't see at all;
Standing where the Gates are opened--
The heart can only break the Wall.

If by chance it ever confuse
When sweet Confinements failed to be:
Let me through a foolish thought swims;
The Soul wanders but is not free.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Top 10 summer destinations in the Philippines

The month of March is the onset of Philippine summer. It is during this particular time of year that  the beautiful tourist spots in the country, as expected, brimming to the full with people taking a break from work or other activities to hopefully, whether aware or not, find enjoyment. Summer in the Philippines extends until the month of June where the rainy season begins. Summertime is the best way to recharge our batteries by getting closer or one with nature and to feel its healing effects on us. It is to take a break from the distressing effect of urban living; to trek into a far away island or destination and from the year-round of stressful work. I would like to introduce to you, in my own opinion, the top 10 destinations in the country to spend your summer vacation with:

1. Baguio City  or also known as the "Summer Capital of the Philippines" is the ideal place to escape the intense heat of a tropical summer. It is situated thousands of feet above sea level and, with its vast forest of pine trees, it is sometimes called as the "City of Pines". Aside from the beautiful natural scenery, historical landmarks could as well be found in the place.

2. If you're fond of beaches then the number one tropical beach in the world is the best place for you. Boracay is located in the Aklan province in the island of Panay in the western Visayas region. Boracay is well-known for its white sand beaches.

3. Palawan is what is considered as the "last Philippine frontier". You can go island hopping among its many paradise islands or be lost in one of the world's most beautiful landscapes--El Nido. The world's longest underground river could also be found in Palawan and it is regarded as one of the new 7 wonders of nature.

4. Cebu hosts some of the most important historical landmarks in the country as well as of the beautiful natural sceneries. Colon street in downtown Cebu is the Philippines' oldest street and the Basilica del Sto. NiƱo is one of the oldest churches in the entire country. Beside the Basilica is the Shrine of Magellan's cross. It was in that particular place that the Portuguese explorer who served for the king of Spain, Ferdinand Magellan, first planted the cross he had brought with him from Spain and so began the Christianization of the now Philippine islands. Bantayan island, among many other tourist spots in Cebu, holds the title of being the island paradise of the Philippines.

5. Dakak in Zamboanga del Norte is best known for its powdery white sand beaches as well as of its coral reefs. It is also a best place for diving.

6. Siargao is a tear-drop shaped island situated in the province of Surigao del Norte. It is the "surfing capital of the Philippines" where both international and local surfing competitions are being held each year.

7.  Bohol is home to one of the world's endangered species, the "tarsier". It also has world class resorts and beaches in the island of Panglao. The "chocolate hills" could also be found in the island of Bohol.

8. Tagaytay is famous for providing us good views of Taal volcano in its Highlands. It is the shortest escape route from the concrete jungle of Manila for anyone to experience a quite, and most relaxing environment.

9. The island of Camiguin is, no doubt, a paradise package for tourists and locals alike. It has white sand beaches, hot and cold springs, and a laid-back environment perfect for relaxation and retreat. A "sunken cemetery" resulting from volcanic eruptions in the past is one of its kind.

10. The island of Batanes is located in the northernmost part of the Philippines. It is a perfect place to isolate your self  from the rest of the world and be just one with nature.

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