The sun will shine

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The sun will shine,
The day will glow –
The night decline;
The light will grow!

Image credit: Kkinsinger, “Photo-1441420057030-f7537f57f807” February 5, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, CC0 1.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 05.02.2012

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Prayer and time

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When I pray, I have more time
To fulfill my tasks, to compose a rhyme.
It seems you lose minutes when you pray –
Believe, you gain hours and a day.

Image credit: AniKov, “Banff mountains” May 21, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 09.10.2017

Your smile

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Smile and let your neighbour smile in return,
Let your smile help shine the way.
However much you need to learn,
Let your smile brighten the day!

Image credit: Unknown, “Adventure-Clouds-Conifers-Daylight-350418” June 20, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, CC0 1.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 03.10.2017

Rejoice in life and live!

Rejoice in life and live!
Praise God and thankful be.
You have so much, believe.
Here is an example: an ant and a bee.

They work with an easy heart,
They are glad they are alive
And are happy about every body part.
Don’t worry, one day all flowers thrive.

You are more than that!
You are man!
God will make your road smooth and flat.
Rejoice, enjoy your fruit and bread with bran!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 25.07.2017

Great to be alive

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I am not an ace,
But I know how to do things at my pace.
I am not a magician,
But in certain things can beat a mathematician.

I am not rich,
But try to do on time my stitch.
I am doing all right.
It’s a great day to be alive and to enjoy light!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 11.10.2015

The night has passed

The night has passed,
The day has come
It’s time to act and fast.
No need to be glum.

A new day means a new life.
So, be ready,
Today you’ll have to face a strife.
Smile, be steady!

If something is wrong,
Work toward a change
Because you are strong,
And that is within your range.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 04.11.2007

What is going on around?

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What is going on around?
Life is rushing by.
I can hear its sound,
It’s like being in a field of rye.

I live and discover,
I’ve been wrong about so many things.
But God always helps me to recover
Giving me hope and invisible wings.

I don’t know
What will happen in a day:
Perhaps it’ll be sunny, perhaps, it will snow.
How important it is to be sure on the way!

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Moraine Creek – panoramio (2)” July 4, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                          Monday –Tuesday 18-19.12.2006

There is no time for hesitation

There is no time for hesitation,
Choose your way and go.
There is no time for hesitation,
Choose your boat and row.

Soon you will see the sun appear
And it will lighten your way.
Kind Heart, your luck is near,
The night retreats, you will enjoy the day!

What for to look back?
Every step draws nearer your wonderful aim.
You will forget about lack.
You will win though the world is never the same.

Be confident, act;
Your garden will thrive!
Your shield is good tact.
Wisdom is with you wherever you drive.
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 13.11.2008

You’re not alone, believe

You’re not alone, believe,
God is always with you!
Cheer up, it’s too early to leave,
You are right, you’re strong, it’s true!

Find your niche and go on;
Persistent thou should be,
And you’ll still admire the dawn
Enjoying the daylight brighter than you thought it could be.

We are together,
You are not alone.
Even in a rainy weather
God’s love will bring us together making stronger than a stone.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 27.10.2007

Love God and love your neighbour

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Love God and Love your neighbour,
Believe and go with faith on all your ways.
Let God help you in your labour!
May He prolong your days!

Image credit: Syeda hira, “PEYTO LAKE 2016.2” May 20, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    October 2014

Be friend to God

Be slave to God and not to men.
Fear God on all your ways.
Be not afraid of people now or then.
May God prolong your days!

May they be filled with health and joy!
Fear God and not men to achieve your goal:
You have a smart head, employ!
Keep straight your back and sound your soul!
Iaroslav                                                    October 2014

However hard it is, go on

However hard it is, go on.
I know problems weigh much,
But to win you were born;
Your kind heart makes you strong as such!

It’s never too late to improve
When you are ready to fight,
Your deeds will prove,
You will enjoy a victorious light.

But now be patient to wait, let the day chase night.
What cannot be cured,
Should be endured.
A climber starts from the bottom to reach the height.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 13.01.2008

Every day’s a new life

Every day’s a new life,
I can start from the beginning.
A wonderful chance to renew the strife,
The tune will be winning.

Each morning’s a wonder,
Look better around.
What a beauty, even a thunder!
A singing bird… – what a sweet sound!
Iaroslav                                                   Saturday 05.04.2017

Rejoice Before God

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Rejoice before God in all!
He is Father of the fatherless and Judge of the widow indeed!
He hears when we call.
He helps in every good deed.

Rejoice before God in all!
Put sorrow without a reason away.
With God you will climb over any type of wall!
In any situation you will see day!
Iaroslav                                                   Tuesday 31.03.2015

Why should I save what I received, what I’ve got?

Why should I save what I received, what I’ve got?
It’s likely to go bad, it’s likely to rot.
Isn’t it better to invest
In order to get the best?

You can understand what I say.
Be attentive while it’s light, while it’s day.
I’m speaking about talents rather than money.
Think and do good stuff while it’s sunny.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 26.03.2005

Le ciel est bleu!

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Le ciel est bleu!
Des oiseaux chantent!
Des arbres sont en fleurs parfumées.
Que peut être mieux?
C’est printemps, est-ce que tu sentes?

Les jours gris ont passé
Et ne sont pas près.
Jette, mon cher lecteur, ta tristesse et souris!
Merci, mais c’est pas assez:
Rappelles aussi que tu es bel(le) et bon(ne) et c’est vrai!
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 25.03.2006

I saw you in a bus

I saw you in a bus,
How pretty you were!
Another day of city fuss…
Both alone among those people in fur.

With bright, shining eyes you were standing;
It was cold outside.
In your eyes I saw understanding;
The world for me became wide.
Iaroslav                                          Wednesday – Sunday 23-27.01.2008

Exercises will help you stay well

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Exercises will help you stay well:
Your body will sound as a new, tuned bell;
Your eyes will see as eagle eyes;
Your brain will work to make you wise.

Choose exercises that fit your style:
Swimming, running, stretching, walking a mile…
In the morning or in the eve.
Then, a healthy soul in a healthy body is what you will receive!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 03.02.2013

Time is sly indeed

Time is sly indeed,
It’s moving faster day after day.
Who knows what I need?
What shall I say?

Anyway, never stop rowing,
Keeping heart open;
Never being afraid of bestowing.
That is the only way in order not to feel broken.

What for to put off till tomorrow
A kind smile, a good deed?
Retardation leads to sorrow.
Time is sly indeed.
Iaroslav                                          Tuesday – Wednesday 12-13.12.2006

Славімо Господа бо Він Благий

Славімо Господа бо Він Благий.
Чистим серцями посилає день ясний,
На віки і нині милість Його;
Навіть грішних спасає і не відніме того.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 11.02.2006

Combien de temps faut-il passer

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Pour cicatriser une mauvaise blessure?
Trois années, est-ce que c’est assez?
Je ne suis sûr.

“Des médecins disent que c’est ça,
Et des romantiques disent que pas toujours” –
Un amie de moi annonça.
Depuis lors j’y ai pensé chaque jour.

Combien de temps faut-il passer?
C’est une question poétique.
Ici on ne doit pas se dépenser,
Pour chacun c’est un terme unique.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 06.08.2005

Time is slipping away

Time is slipping away.
Can you try to make it stay?

Nobody can, I presume.
Time escapes leaving reflections like an expensive perfume.

Always searching for better…
Always striving to read life’s enveloped letter…

Time is short and days are few.
Obscure or obvious, but it’s true.

To share time among best things
Is like a bird that flies and sings.

Wisdom makes good use of days.
He’ll win who listens to what it says.
Iaroslav                                                        Monday 09.03.2009

 

Be courageous in a lot of ways

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Be courageous in a lot of ways.
Let your heart be strengthened,
All you who hope in the Lord all days.
Love Him for your years to be lengthened.

Be also harmless and smart;
God helps those who help themselves too.
Make wise and prompt your start.
Do your part, God will do His to help you break through.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 12.06.2016

Разом ми покажемо силу

Разом ми покажемо силу,
А поодинці – слабкіші.
Інші будуть даватися диву,
Якщо вгодно буде Богові і Він поставить нас вище.

Не забуваймо Бога і тоді
Щоб наші подовжились дні,
Щоб у злагоді жити,
Щоб всякого ближнього любити!

Отже, разом ставаймо;
Разом Богові співаймо.
Подяку щиру складаймо,
Разом добром зло перемагаймо!
Iaroslav                                                         February 2012

Tea for two

Tea for two and two for tea –
Good reason to meet for you and for me,
To speak about our day
And to exchange glances that speak more than words can say.

Video credit: Anton van Dijken, “Tea For Two – Jane Monheit” September 10, 2009, via YouTube.
Iaroslav                                                   Bright Monday 02.05.2016

On Easter

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Easter! What a fine day!
No one’s gloom will stay.
Today no place for fear!

Life has won!
Today forget problems, have fun.
Thank Thee Father for all!
Thou saved us from a terrible fall.

Hallowed be Your Name!
Thou crown people with fame.
Easter! And life rejoices forever!
Thou make us happy and clever.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 18.04.2016

Easter

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Easter is knocking at doors.
What a wonderful day!
We can open hearts’ stores!
It’s a day of love, of the hopeful ray!

Death will always lose.
It will never own.
Let a winning hymn make a cruise!
How high our song has flown!

Our prayers are heard!
You are not alone.
God takes care even about a bird!
Smile! Believe, you won’t knock against a stone.

Iaroslav                                            Saturday – Monday 22-24.04.2006
(Easter: Sunday April 23, 2006)

What you do is important

What you do is important really:
Your job, your studies, your family, and your sport;
The things for which you get paid and the ones you give freely.
Your kind deeds are your fort.

Every kind deed matters.
Not because of the one who flatters,
But because they improve the world around,
Because they evoke a smile and make happiness abound.

Never question a kind deed you do,
Stay faithful to what is true.
Good intentions may mislead.
So, keep it simple when you do your duty and a kind deed.

Be sure to fulfill your duty in work and studies.
Train to respect your time your party buddies.
Live simple life of faith every day.
Keep it simple and pray.
Iaroslav                                                         Monday 04.04.2016

Thank Thee, Heavenly Father

Thank Thee, Heavenly Father, for all:
For preventing from a fall,
For land and water, day and night,
For all Thy world which is so bright!

Thou gave me a precious gift – my life,
And Thy support is immense.
My house is rife;
In Thee I always find defence!

Thank Thee for loving hearts around.
How reviving is their sound!
Thank Thee for food –
For both, body and soul, it is good.

I know, just words are not sufficient,
But help to my negihbour, good deeds!
And Thou will make us proficient
And send all or even more a human being needs!
Iaroslav                                            Tuesday – Saturday 13-17.11.2007

Air, exercises, water, and sleep

Fresh air, physical + thinking exercises, and water
Are some of the things that help maintain health and stay sharp.
These things are good for you, your wife, your son and daughter.
Implement to feel like fish in water, like a carp.

Another thing is sufficient sleep.
Use it to stay active during the day,
To be able to think in a way which is deep,
To have strength to prepare more hay.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 20.02.2016

It’s Christmas today

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It’s Christmas today,
The time when miracles take place.
It’s time to do good things and to play.
All is rejoicing: the earth and space!

Come out, sing carols, cheerful songs
To your family and friend
Or a soul that awaits Christmas and longs.
Glorify God, let Christmas in heart never end!
Iaroslav                                                         Tuesday 06.01.2015

Rejoice

However much you pray,
Rejoice, live life to the fullest each day.
Regardless of how much you fast, rejoice.
In anything you do, refine your choice.

Whatever you do, add love to it:
If you sew a suite, cut enough love to make a good fit;
If you make a salad, sprinkle it with love to perfect the taste;
If you write a computer code, insert love to go beyond copy and paste.
Iaroslav                                            Monday – Tuesday 28-29.12.2015

Agir

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Je ne suis pas fatigué,
Au contraire, je suis prêt à travailler.
Etre actif et agir!
Ne pas être passif, c’est-à-dire.

Sauter, inventer, c’est comme ça,
C’est le mode de vie pour moi.
Je ne vais pas dormir toute la journée,
A quoi bon je dois me tourner?

Un instant et c’est tout:
Rien à changer et des problèmes partout.
Donc, je ne vais pas tarder,
Mais agir et pas hésiter!

Image credit: Cephas, “Falco columbarius PP” July 30, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 30.04.2006

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

This is the greatest day of the year

This is the Greatest Day of the year
It’s time for the Christmas song!
And I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Some days seemed to be so long…

But Christmas is quite different.
You’ve been looking forward to this night.
Today forget about the rent,
Everything will be all right.

Video credit: Relaxing & Romantic Music, “We wish you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year- ENYA” December 7, 2011, via YouTube.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 20.12.2003

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

If I had never met you

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What would I do
If I had never met you?
I could be a better blogger then;
I might draw the world map with my pen.

I could go to a pub every night.
But, girl, I wouldn’t trade all that and more for going with you to fly a kite,
For kissing you, babe, and listening to you speaking about your day,
For our marriage and the chance to jointly pray.
Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 19.11.2015

Veterans

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They gave their lives
That we may enjoy the things we like.
Due to them peace thrives;
Without fear I can ride my bike.

Thank you
For you have showed courage, faith, and love.
You have prepared the place for the peace dove.
Every day you stood to your duty anew.

We remember and pray for you.
We live because your courageous deeds were true.
We enjoy hockey, pancakes, maple syrup, and barbecue.
Your glory did not fade, it grew.

Image credit: Emilian Robert Vicol, “Red-Poppy-Flower-Field 29642-480×360 (4900386946)” August 16, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Wednesday 11.11.2015

Life of a modern scholar

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What is life of a modern scholar like?
He (let us use masculine for the purpose of convenience)
Gets up, brushes teeth, drinks water, prays, and rides his bike.
He does not start his day with scholarly opinions.

He returns from his workout,
Takes shower, if required,
Has his breakfast, sometimes with sauerkraut.
He does not start work until after meal to avoid being tired.

When the meal is done,
It’s time to tackle tasks;
But for lunch he is gone
To eat, to rest, to prepare to answer whatever his class asks.

When his work (research and classes)
Is done for the day,
He puts away bulbs and weird masses,
He returns home without delay.

He has his dinner before six o’clock.
This meal is lightest, lunch is mid,
Breakfast is heartiest – this rule is like a rock.
He rejoices over what he did.

Besides his usual things,
He goes to a swimming pool twice a week.
He goes to Church on Sunday to share prayer and what the Lord graciously gives.
He makes healthy food, he is meek.

He likes reading books about adventures,
Enjoys spending time with family and friends.
He does charity and other worthy ventures.
At 9pm his day ends.

He goes to bed at this time.
He prays, brushes teeth, washes his face.
This scholar likes wise and harmless rhyme.
Things in life are to be taken at a moderate pace.

Image credit: Chuck Szmurlo (Cszmurlo), “Mount-Yamnuska2-Szmurlo” September 23, 2006, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 29.10.2015

Хто б що не казав, а життя – неймовірне

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Хто б що не казав, а життя – неймовірне –
На мільйони кольорів і дива багате;
Для розумних – на вдачу вірне.
Хоч бува часом солонувате.

Тільки подумати, як все влаштовано:
День і ніч, вода – вогонь, птах і людина!
Великою Божою мудрістю усе збудовано.
І кожен своє місце має, навіть невеличка тварина.

Як щасливий той, хто з вірою живе,
Не дивлячись на клопоти, кожну хвилину цінує!
Як блажен той, хто православним шляхом іде
Бо з надією живе і до вічного прямує.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 11.06.2005

Every day is a new life

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Every day is a new life
And we live, we say, and we run as if in a strife.
But there are things which are minor,
They will disappear on the horizon like a liner.

There are things which are essential,
They must be treated in a way which is differential.
Minor matters draw to the earth and lower in fact;
Essential things require patience and tact.

What’s the difference you say?
Watch and you will see as clear as day:
The award for the minor things is none,
The award for essential ones is blessing with every new dawn.

Image credit: Shawn, “Looking down the Banff Airstrip (3709530211)” July 11, 2009, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 14.10.2007

Environment

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Our environment is our home.
Nature is fragile and needs protection.
We get food and all we need under its dome,
But today it is in a state which requires a decisive action.

Wars, transportation, air pollution,
Empoisoned agriculture…
These things require a wise solution.
Man is a reason-endowed creature, not a dumb vulture.

First we need to control our appetite,
Then we should develop alternative ways –
Each of us can make his/her impact light.
We should act fast – within hours, not within days.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 12.09.2015

Дякую

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Все, що маю Богу зобов’язаний я:
Воля, мир, здоров’я, життя
Дякую, Боже, за спасіння надію, підтримку родини;
Дякую, що дав перемогу у нелегкі години.

Благослови, Господи Боже, Твого раба по всі дні,
Щоб ходити Твоїми шляхами мені.
Дякую, Боже, що перемагає любов!
Дякую, Боже, за підтримку знову і знов!
Iaroslav                                                                      November, 2014

Rely on God with Him you will show strength

Rely on God; with Him, you will show strength.
With Him, you will extend your days’ length.
You will conquer any foe,
You will mix the tastiest dough.

Rely on God and win with peace in any land.
Take a shield of faith in hand
And a spear of love, and an armour of hope
To manage all and to be able to cope.
Iaroslav                                                          Wednesday 06.05.2015

Love God

Love God on all your ways
For you don’t know the length of your days.
Do not put it off till tomorrow.
There aren’t too many things to follow:

Love God with all your mind, strength, and heart.
And love your neighbour as yourself, it’s not a complex art.
Your heart will prompt where to start.
Keep your shoulders straight, your head is so smart!
Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 11.09.2014