Що є Батьківщина?

Що є Батьківщина?
Часто слово ми чуєм,
Знає його і дитина.
А як наступного разу його застосуєм?

Експлуатують його часто занадто.
Вітчизною є родина:
Друг, ближній, звір і рослина.
Батьківщиною є повсякденна днина.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 20.04.2009

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Дякую, Боже

Дякую, Боже, за блага земні,
За спілкування з родиною;
За радісні дні;
За здоров’я, свіже повітря долиною!

За добрі поради, за успіх,
За дитячий сміх!
За захист хоч би навколо – бурі виття;
За надію вічного життя!

Ще дякую за щиру любов,
Що Ти спершу нас полюбив
І людям показав і показуєш знов.
І людські серця до любові чуйними зробив!
Iaroslav                                          Wednesday – Thursday 12-13.10.2011

Sagesse

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Il y a autant de reines qu’il y a de femmes
Et il est vrais que des enfants sont des gardiens de l’âme.
Cette information peut nous faire sages.
Sagesse est bonne pour touts les ages.

Image credit: Thank you for visiting my page, “Road trip to Banff (30377248250)” October 30, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                          Monday – Wednesday 30.06-03.07.2014

When Pascha comes – rejoice

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When Pascha comes – rejoice:
Those who have fasted and those who have not; –
Let the joy be in your heart and voice –
In the Kingdom, there are different chambers and there are a lot –

Those who have come early and those who have come late;
Those who push forward and those who contemplate –
Let all share the joy –
Let all accept it as children, a girl and a boy!

Image credit: Thank you for visiting my page, “Bow falls Banff national park (12078491613)” July 4, 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 21.03.2018

Open your heart for Christmas

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Christmas, what a bright Day!
It’s time to smile, give, take, and pray!
It’s time when you can play
As if you were a child constructing with clay.

Open your heart, let Christmas come and stay,
Let the kind child in you rejoice at each sun ray!
Keep your own bright, courageous, perseverant way.
Merry Christmas! I wish you happy smiles and a full tray!

Image credit: Mrspix, “Castle Mountain in Winter” March 9, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, , CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 24.12.2017

How rich we are

How rich we are;
How happy we could be;
Our friendship could be as a sparkling star.
Why do we refuse to see?

We have legs and hands, ears and eyes as well…
Isn’t it enough to form a world-wide community;
Isn’t it enough to help those who fell?
Power is in our unity.

All the world’s gold
Isn’t worth a child’s wound or cry.
Peace! How many times we were told!
But tomorrow may be to late to try.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 23.04.2005

Є люди, заради яких на світі варто жити

Є люди, заради яких на світі варто жити –
Це – ті, які вміють ще любити.
Це – мама й діти,
Це – ті, які дрібницям вміють ще радіти.

Це – закохані щиро,
Яких життя як чисте миро.
Це – бідні, але щирі люди,
Які є, повір, усюди.

Багато бачив я у світі.
Та є у ньому те, заради чого варто жити:
Джерела, гори, дерева на весні у квіті.
Є заради кого варто ще любити,
Є ті, кого потрібно захистити.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 11.02.2012

How wrong I was

How wrong I was.
All my problems come from within.
But now I see better the cause,
And the struggle is the way to win.

I thought that I had no luck.
Then I saw a disabled child
And realized where I got stuck.
I had all and was sad – in contrast, he smiled.

I say enough,
It’s never too late to mend!
My heart must be no longer rough
‘Cause God’s grace has no end.

So, should I complain
Or be ungrateful for a while?
Never! Isn’t it plain?
Thank Thee, Father, for the child’s smile!
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 15.04.2007

Я дякую тобі, мамо

Я дякую тобі, мамо,
За все, що мені ти дàла,
За те, що спати не лягала рано
І за те, що в мене душу вклала.

Спасибі нескінченне тобі,
Що коли й дитиною нерозумною був,
Краще віддавала мені, не лишаючи собі.
За перемоги спасибі, які я здобув.

Господу я зобов’язаний
За все, що в мене є.
Наш успіх із Ним пов’язаний.
Дякую, мамо, тобі і за це.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 18.09.2004

The first carol

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Did you know that the first carol ever
Was sung by angels and shepherds heard?
They left all to come, but brought their herd.
Magi came too: their decision was clever.

Let us set aside all cares of life –
Let’s come to Church to celebrate Christmas together!
Be your kind self, bring your friends, your children, and wife.
Set aside worries, today be lighter than a feather!

Image credit: Richard Taylor, “Moon over Jasper (2)” September 10, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                            Tuesday – Wednesday 29-30.12.2015

Have faith in God

If you want to win, fight a peaceful fight
For your and your children’s future to be bright!
I know, this is hard,
But have faith in God and be en garde*!

Just a little more and the day of victory will come!
Be en garde, no need for rum,
Ahead, without despair, my friend!
You will enjoy victory in the end!

* French for “on guard”.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 23.12.2012

Best investment

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First best investment is education,
It does not matter where you were born, to what nation.
Money gets cheaper each day –
Education will grow in price without delay.

Second best investment is your wife.
When it gets tough in life,
She will sell her jewellery to support the family: your children and you.
Whatever the situation is, good or bad, keep your love true.

Third best investment is children indeed.
When the time comes, invest in their education, word, and deed.
When you grow old,
They will support you, among your neighbours you will be bold.
Iaroslav                                                          Friday 04.12.2015