We’re like magnets —
polar opposites drawn
towards each other, inadvertently
gravitating and colliding into
in the most poetic ways possible.
I’m laying my life down
again. Awakening from a season
of rest to come and heed
this call, disamplified like murmurs. In
truth it has never left my
I’ve learned to be stripped of crowns, I’ve learned to
be, but now it’s time to move
To come before the throne room, to
live a life of childlike, unashamed worship, to
sing songs that touch
the Father’s heart.
To call forth nations as
my inheritance, to
be an instrument in seeing
God’s glory cover the whole earth
just as water covers the sea.
To serve the people, to embrace
family, to have one heart with this
No more molting, it’s time for soaring.
Let me fly high. I will soar
across the stratosphere, my fingertips grabbing
tufts of clouds and dreams floating
in the oceanic sky.
I’ve been on this flight before.
Destination: an unknown future. Which I
must willingly embrace as I spin
and tumble through the air, wings
lifted in surrender, feet
poised to take on an unknown territory. An
unknown territory called
Fear is a familiar form of
turbulence. Tossed in with anxiety,
plus sleeplessness, plus unnecessary
pressure. But a buzzing excitement
gets me through. This is an
opportunity to start anew. I shroud myself
with optimistic hope and
bump all the pressure aside.
I am coming home.
I will run, I will fly, this is not me
being anchored back to the shore. This is me
flying towards a brand new
chapter, a brand new
Aaaaand – it’s out! My first self-published e-book is out! It’s more like a project/experiment, but nonetheless, it is one step closer to the dream. The introduction reads:
I’ve always wanted to write a book. Unfortunately, all I had were scribbles of plots and ideas for anthologies. I did have a draft for a collection of short stories, but I didn’t think it was there yet.
Enter “21 Days of Poetry”, a project I took on so that I could reacquaint myself with words while releasing some pent up melancholia. Most of the poems from this collection came from there. And then I realized I had other poems which never saw the light of day. Not only that, I had a few flash fiction pushed behind some back drawers, too.
Thus this project. Would I already be able to call it a book? I know it is more like a mini-e-book. Whatever this is, I believe it is one step closer to the dream.
Most of the prose and poetry were written with transition in mind. In less than two months, I would be saying “goodbye” to my foster country, Malaysia, and saying “hello again” to my home country, the Philippines. Why? Mostly for love. I am a hopeless romantic, yes. That’s why a lot of these poems revolve around the themes of love and long distance relationships.
Enjoy the poems here. Avoid the temptation to rush through the way we often do with life.
Are you ready? The next train arrives five minutes from now.
You can download “In Transit” here: In Transit.
And the challenge is done! It was fun – somewhat stress relieving – to think in terms of poetry for the past 21 days.
Well, here is choice #3. And if you liked this project, stay tuned for an announcement I’m very excited to make next week (eek).
Here goes –
The future is unwritten
— Unlimitted possibilities
I face it head on
Believing in that thing called
I believe in the vision
I believe in God’s call for me.
Day 15 done. Six days to go. Here is choice #2:
Fall Into Place V2
So much legalities
I’d no sooner
Give up —
With all the car loans,
Job tansitions —
Everything will fall into place
The way they did
Six years before.
This one deserves a special mention:
Everything’s going to work out fine
Remember — just take it one step at a time
It’s okay — you’re almost there
You’re good — you’re still breathing air
Well, I’m starting to fall in love with poetry. Maybe I can do more of these. <3
10 days in. I will be choosing three poems to share here. The best ones, so far, I think. Here is choice #1:
This back and forth
Exchange of mail
Sent in packets
Sways through the air
Moving in a slow
I bear my heart
You bear yours –
Our words embracing us and each other
Temporarily standing in for
32. First Line: That summer seemed to last forever
Lazy days by the sea
Just dreaming of you and me
In your part
Of the world
You say you’re cozy
And you’re warm
But I know you’d rather
Have me in your arms
I want to be
By your side
Transcend the seasons
And the reasons
Why we’re still
Where there’s a will
There’ll always be a way
And love will surely
Will save the day
We’ll have to meet halfway
Until we are together
And till there are no more barriers