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

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When I am in trouble, I pray

When I am in trouble, I pray
And then try to do all I can.
I can’t explain the bright ray
Which crosses the gloom and improves my plan.

That’s how we know God loves us all,
He hears each our call.
The Father and the Friend till the end of times,
It is beyond the rhymes…

His help is obvious and swift,
God helps us, it needs no seal.
Not unassisted, not by chance we get lift,
Let’s keep our hearts open to feel.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 22.05.2007

Travels make me wise and stronger

Travels make me wise and stronger
So that I could stand longer.
And what I missed at school,
I will learn, it’s like a rule.

New people, communication,
Good friends, fresh information,
I’ll learn and see much new;
It is like a breeze, like morning dew.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 01.08.2008

Життя у собі гарне

Життя у собі гарне,
Але коли самітнє –
Здається марне,
Не гріє й сонце літнє.

Але з любов’ю,
Життя розквітне;
Додасться здоров’ю,
Життя оживе, стане помітне.

Коли поруч друг,
Сила чотирьох додається.
Легше братись за плуг,
Легше виграється.

Май друга,
Другом будь!
Хай зникне туга,
Хай зміцніє путь!
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 05.02.2010

Whatever happens, stick together

Whatever happens, stick together,
In a bad storm and in good weather,
To overcome all misfortunes;
You will feel like a feather.

Supposing, you fall – you’ll get a support,
Each of you will stand like a fort!
He, who’ll try to defeat you, will lose.
You’ll be like a glorious caravel which enters a port.

Whatever you plan, you will do
‘Cause on God your hopes will be fixed by both of you.
Love is your shield,
You are protected from burning arrows, it’s true.

Beauty decays, love never ends.
Rudeness destroys, a kind word mends.
Stick together, good friends!
Iaroslav                                          Tuesday – Friday 19-22.02.2008

Je sais que tout va être bien

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Je sais que tout va être bien;
En Dieu je crois.
Alors, qu’est-ce qui peut m’arriver? Rien!
Je le sais, je suis sûr, je vois.

Même le froid le plus fort devient doux.
Notre Père fait autant pour nous…
Autant de victoires;
Il couvre nos têtes de la gloire!

Je Te remercie pour la vie,
Le cadeau le plus généreux.
Merci pour la famille et pour les amis!
Grace à Toi nos cœurs sont heureux!
Iaroslav                                          Friday – Saturday 18-19.01.2008

Cheer up, my friend

Cheer up, my friend!
Even if now you are alone,
We may meet in the end.

But now, stand,
You are a winner,
Do understand.

There is time to be sad,
But believe in yourself,
Things are not very bad.

He who searches, will find.
God is with you!
Cheer up, my friend, you are so kind!
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 30.11.2009

Любий друже, посміхнись

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Любий друже, посміхнись,
Вір, все буде ок!
На світ ширше дивись,
Швидко ті́кає клок.

Яка мета, яка ціль?
Вставай, іди до мети!
Май смак як має сіль,
Щоб світло світу піднести!

Image credit: Cody Taylor, “Johnson Lake” April 29, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 10.12.2009

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

Life is new

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Life is new,
Life is fresh,
Life is undescribable!

Every morning brings new life,
I wake up and live anew.
I am brave to face a strife,
I am glad to see the dew.

One morning -> one more hope,
I am so lucky to live,
Friendship and love are in scope,
We will win, I believe.

Thank You Father for life!

Image credit: Dr. Raju Kasambe, “Canada goose Branta canadensis (4)” April 3, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 06.03.2010

Don’t be afraid of making a repairable mistake

Don’t be afraid of making a repairable mistake:
To take a university course, to meet a friend, to buy a car of a wrong make…
You will sincerely apologize, you will earn that extra dime.
The thing is you thought you have time.
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 11.02.2017

Défauts

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Mon Dieu l’Eternel, merci pour l’amitié:
Mon amie aperçoit mes défauts,
Elle m’aide, bien que ce ne soit son métier.
Elle ne me rapproche; elle est proche tard et tôt.

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Sunshine Meadows – Banff – panoramio” July 20, 2006, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Friday 19.08.2011

Your friend is not worse

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Your friend is not worse,
Just different perhaps.
No one puts the cart before the horse.
Try to love her/him without giving slaps.

Image credit: LASZLO ILYES, “Silent Granite (6464034145)” July 18, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Thursday 12.01.2017

You are so beautiful without knowing this

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You are so beautiful without knowing this.
I like the way you look,
Your heart, your kiss.
You are my friend, more than my favourite book.

Image credit: Kevo, “Iris versicolor L” June 11, 2009, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                      Monday 26.12.2016

The Lord is the strength of those who approach Him with fear

DSCN9543The Lord is the strength of those who approach Him with fear.
To them He is not far, but near.
Fear God and let Him be your Friend.
Let Him help you at the beginning and be with you at the end.
Iaroslav                                                        Wednesday 08.06.2016

Combien de temps faut-il pour t’oublier?

Combien de temps faut-il pour t’oublier?
Mes lèvres vont se taire, mais mon cœur veut crier.

On me disait “Assez!”, mes amis surtout,
Mais tu es ici et là, tu es partout.

Ton regard est calme, ton sourire guérit.
Pourquoi? Je n’ai pas encore compris.

Où es-tu? Que fais-tu?
Pardonnes-moi pour être têtu…
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 22.07.2007

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

He left his home so long ago

He left his home so long ago,
They were telling him, “You’re cool!”,
But soon he had nowhere to stay or go.
Well, he wasn’t a fool.

The man had relied on money
And not on wisdom’s voice;
The money flew away like fresh honey,
But it was his own way, his own choice.

His cash disappeared
And so did his jolly friends,
But the young man wasn’t yet feared,
He just realized that a road often bends.

Now his bedroom was a park,
His dreams were his food;
He went to sleep with dogs’ bark,
Try to imagine his mood.

But it’s time for me to end.
The young man came home.
Wisdom became his new friend,
Clouds never appeared above his dome.

His experience wasn’t funny,
But he realized that it’s never too late to improve
And it’s useless to rely on money.
Well, I’ve tried to retell the story, but haven’t meant to prove.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 16.04.2005

Dis toujours “ça va” pour éviter “pourquoi”

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Dis toujours “ça va” pour éviter “pourquoi”:
Tu es précieux/-se dans les yeux de Dieu, crois.
Je t’admire, ton sourire, ton intelligence, ton esprit.
Sois généreux/-se, joyeux/-se et heureux/-se, mon ami/-e!
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 21.05.2016

Une chose qui guérit

Il ne faut pas être triste,
Même si ça ne va pas.
On est un grand artiste,
La chagrin passera.

Mais il y a une condition,
Il est nécessaire qu’on soit sûr.
Et elle viendra, la solution,
On surmontera le mur.

Que ton sourire est beau!
Il guérira aussi le mal de ton ami.
Chacun peut être héros.
Pour commencer, souris!
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 11.11.2007

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

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

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

In the circle of friends

Love God with all your heart,
With all your strength!
Stand firm, do not depart,
Be consistent on the way throughout its length.

If somebody goes astray
Or if you are in the circle of friends:
Keep the light of faith on your way,
Remember where all ends.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 23.08.2014

Blueberry

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Blueberry! What a delicious thing!
If you go to visit a friend, that’s the best thing to bring!
It is rich in antioxidants and healthy all over
With tart, sweet taste and gentle scent as freshly cut clover.

Image credit: Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic, “You give me blues” August 30, 2009, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                          Friday 14.08.2015

Friendship, family, duty, and love

First do important things
And other things will follow.
This will help spread your wings,
Your house will not be hollow.

Wrap up important ends;
And live with love.
Remember your duty and friends
And you will earn a peace dove.
Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 02.06.2011