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

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Dedicate mornings to important things

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Dedicate mornings to important things,
Use evenings and spare time for shopping and less important stuff.
Dedicate your strongest time that morning brings
To your important deeds, be blessed in them and sleep enough.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 03.10.2017

Rejoice

Rejoice, do not be sad,
You are alive and can achieve so much!
What else to be said?
Be glad for you are a Christian and should be as such.

Be happy and let not your hands go down –
God is with you;
He is Strong to put on you a PhD gown –
Rejoice, God’s love is your support everywhere and always, it’s true.

Not only this, but you love Him truly.
He, be sure, sees this
And will reward you duly.
Rejoice to hit the target and not to miss.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 19.08.2017

What does it mean to be a man?

What does it mean to be a man?
You should be sure to understand,
It’s not easy, but, I believe, you can –
Be brave and wise: go, run, just never stand.

Is he strong? It’s not enough,
Even if he has never cried,
It only makes him tough.
A man will never show false pride.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 25.07.2017

Рідна мова

Рідна мова – бальзам для душі,
Струмок для вух джерельний,
Для язика – то мед;
Для голови – пірина.

Втомлену душу підкрипить,
Хворе тіло зціляє.
Це – від Бога!
Рідна мова – то життя!
Iaroslav                                                    September 2009

It’s easy to lose

It’s easy to lose,
But it’s difficult to find.
Today you’re on the booze,
But tomorrow, be sure, the fortune won’t be so kind.

You say you weren’t ready?
I say you didn’t want to
‘Cause you knew you had to be strong and steady.
You’ll have to be wise to break through.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 22.05.2004

Love God

Love God in trouble and joy!
All your mind, all your strength, and all your heart you will need to employ.
Be afraid of no one
But Him, be ready to wait, be ready to run.

Love God with all your strength,
With all your mind, heart, and body length!
Let your heart not sink:
He will support you more than you think.

Rely on Him and go.
Let your kindness grow!
Be quick and smart;
In studies, in work, strengthen your heart!

Be afraid of no one, not anybody in sum.
Only fear God now and in the time to come –
You will bring abundant fruit,
You will grow a profound root!
Iaroslav                                          Saturday – Sunday 19-20.01.2013

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

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

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

Я зрозумів дещо важливе

Я зрозумів дещо важливе:
If we can’t as we would,
We must do as we can;
У моїх руках майбутнє щасливе.

Зараз як ніколи важко,
Та я сам ладен усе владнати,
І силу і розум я повинен поєднати.
Сподіваюся… З допомогою Божою не буде надто тяжко.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 07.06.2008

You walk about the world

You walk about the world
With your eyes open and hair curled,
Now happier, now sadder
Just climbing little by little the ladder.

Sometimes you stumble and fly into temper.
But what’s the use? Doesn’t it hamper?
There is a remedy for all, not new:
Be strong to say ‘I love you’.
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 27.05.2006

Різдво Христове

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Дякую, Боже, за дивне життя,
За любов попре усе,
За грішного сина Твого прийняття.
За підтримки Твоєї він всяку скорботу знесе.

У свято Різдва серце співає!
Боже, за радість дякую щиру.
Душа невимовно Тебе вихваляє.
Ти Один подаєш справжню силу!

Боже, з нами будь завжди, благаю,
Ти – Великий, Єдиний, на Тебе надія!
Що буде завтра не знаю
Та за віру, любов я іду, така наша мрія!
Iaroslav                                                        Monday 07.01.2008

За Причастя можливість

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За Причастя можливість
Приношу Тобі, Боже, подяку;
За силу, сміливість
І підтримку усяку.

Милість Твоя – безкінечна
Бо не дивлячись на лиця рятуєш.
Сила Твоя – незрівнянна, мудрість – беззаперечна
І розкаяного всякого Ти нагодуєш.

Люблячий, завжди будь з нами.
Знаю, недостойний я просити,
Але крім Тебе нікого іншого не знали.
Один Господь! Тільки Ти можеш нас заступити.

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Cascade Mountain – Banff – panoramio” June 19, 2005, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                      Sunday 27.11.2005

You are going to win

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You are going to win,
Triumphant music will din.
I’m sure ’cause God is with you.
Your eye will enjoy the morning dew.

Believe ’cause you are strong,
Believe, love is never wrong.
Do not hesitate
And God will help at this rate.
Iaroslav                                                       Saturday 25.02.2006

What you have, hold

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What you have, hold.
You are so rich indeed!
You are smart, you are bold,
Your health is more precious than gold.

So, be wise to save it and maintain.
No one knows what will happen then.
Under the sun or pouring rain,
Be sage to keep what is main.

Believe, these words are true.
You will need much strength –
Till the sky above is blue –
To do kind things, to break through!
Iaroslav                                           Sunday – Monday 11-12.01.2009

Be yourself whatever they say

Be yourself whatever they say,
Don’t be under anybody’s thumb.
They want you to go? How about you stay?
You’re strong without any rum.

It’s not easy, but try to smile
And don’t be afraid to display your knowledge –
That’ll help you to cover thousands of miles;
Be yourself at home, at work and at college.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 05.06.2004

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

I’m not alone

DSCN9652Though all seems out of order,
And no one’s willing to help,
I’m not alone on the border,
I am not going to yelp.

When no one seems to understand,
All the same I’m not alone.
No matter in air, at sea or on land,
I’ll be strong as a stone.

Because God gives support.
What can be better in life?
Making me an invincible fort,
He crowns me with wisdom for strife.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 12.07.2008

Cheer up, don’t be upset

DSCN9503Cheer up, don’t be upset,
You’re strong and young.
How many miracles you haven’t seen yet!
Come on, find and learn your tongue!

Don’t allow yourself to be sad
About unimportant things
Because this state is rhymed to “mad”,
Melancholy can only clip your wings.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 02.04.2005

Wise men keep silence

Wise men keep silence
When love speaks.
No words, no violence.
Even birds watch their beaks.

Love is calm,
But is loud as well.
It makes its nest on a farm,
But also where no one is able to dwell.

Whatever good one can think,
It can be about love.
Love is the strongest link,
Wise men know this as well as a dove.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 06.05.2006

How smart you are

How smart you are!
Believe, do not hesitate,
You’ll be like a shining star,
You will enjoy success sooner or late!

With sun light your street will be lit,
He who has doubts is wrong.
Just do not cease doing your bit,
Indeed, you are strong!
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 23.12.2007

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

More important than money

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More important than money,
More important than food.
Better than honey,
Lighter than wood.

It is weak…
But stronger than rock.
It is a clear creek.
Wider than ocean, faster than clock.

Above all it is kind,
Jealousy melts like coal.
It brings to Heaven a devoted mind.
It heals a soul.
Iaroslav                                                         Monday 14.12.2009

Vain is the help of man

Vain is the help of man.
Through God we will show strength.
It is useless to rely on what man can.
If you want to enjoy victories at length,

Rely on God in all.
He beautifies your head with a crown;
He protects from a fall;
He dresses you with a PhD gown!
Iaroslav                                                         Tuesday 12.05.2015

Радій життю, радій

Радій життю, радій.
Хай що, живи!
Бороти тугу вмій,
Світло миті лови.

Доки існуєш люби:
Любов є сила.
Хай що, добро роби;
Умій розкрити крила.
Iaroslav                                                         Monday 03.05.2010

Believe

Believe in order to win!
Let your success be perfected.
Let your everyday life be affected!
Believe, be courageous and win.

Let God grant you faith.
Let your wisdom grow,
Let your love be in strength,
Let your life peacefully flow.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 17.07.2011

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

How important it is to be sure

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How important it is to be sure!
No doubt on that score.
You need not hesitate,
Believe, till it’s not too late.

You may try yourself anyway.
What else can I say?
I’ve tried, now I know:
So much time I felt low…

But you will enjoy success.
It’s up to you: either more or less.
Be strong and keep within law,
How important it is to be sure!

Image credit: GJTomson, “Spirit Island” December 8, 2007, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 09.12.2007

Треба помолитися, щоб не помилитися

Треба помолитися, щоб не помилитися –
Так краще працювати і так краще битися.
Православна молитва – річ сильна:
Через неї – перемоги, через неї людина – вільна…
Iaroslav                                            Wednesday – Friday 06-08.01.2016

You should never be afraid

You should never be afraid
God is always with you.
Be wise and do as He bade
And you will be given your due.

He cares even for the smallest flower.
Will He not care much more for you?
Remember His commandments and you will be stronger than the highest tower.
It is never too late to improve, God loves you and that is true.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 19.06.2005

My emotions are a part of me

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My emotions are a part of me,
Just like a book and its page;
A leaf isn’t stronger than the whole tree
And feelings need no cage.

Bad emotions will be out of court,
That is I’m gonna exchange them for good ones;
God’s help, a sincere smile will be my support.
Bad emotions will disappear faster than the cheetah runs.
Iaroslav                                                          Friday 01.07.2005

Trust in God and be strong

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Trust in God and be strong.
Your hardships will not last long.
With God you will show strength.
You will achieve your goal, you will have health.

In time of trouble let God be your Delight.
Even in darkness keep light in sight.
You will win and offer thanks and a cheerful song.
Trust in God and be strong.
Iaroslav                                                          Monday 16.03.2015

Family

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A good wife is a gift.
When it comes to work she is swift;
She is gentle and smart,
During hard times she does not depart.

A good husband is a support –
He is wise, gentle, and strong as a fort.
He comes from work as soon as he can;
To embrace his wife and his kids is the plan.

A good family is built on love and support –
They share joy, solve issues, go together for a walk and do sport.
They are a team:
They love, they build, they gleam!
Iaroslav                                                          Wednesday 09.09.2015

Shine your way

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Shine your way,
Do good things whatever they say!
Have salt in yourself and have light,
Make your chemin* bright!

Rely on God and go!
In terms of helping people are slow.
You are beautiful, strong, and smart.
With God’s help you will achieve all, just do your part!

* French for “way”.
Iaroslav                                                          Monday 22.12.2014

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

How good and how pleasant it is for brothers to be together in unity

How good and how pleasant it is for brothers to be together in unity,
How much strength it adds to the whole community.
Things get done better,
Opportunities are open faster.

When a brother relies on his brother,
They both will go farther;
Their business will succeed
When with mutual love they proceed.
Iaroslav                                                                      July, 2015

My mother

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I thank you, Mom, for your love so strong!
Thank you for your care.
You helped me whether I was right or wrong,
You protected me in winter frost and summer glare.

You cook best food in the world;
You covered me with a blanket when I slept curled.
When I was ill, you were with me;
When I was sad, you made my mind free.

Thank you because you are still close by.
You give advice,
You share your rice.
You just help, you never ask why.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 08.08.2015

Do good till you have strength to do so

Do good till you have strength to do so!
Two, three or more times in a row
And let your own business thrive
Because God gives and does not deprive.

Start now and patient be,
Let good health be granted to thee.
When in hardships, let us pray.
Let’s do good things without delay!
Iaroslav                                            Sunday – Monday 13-14.05.2012

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

Give me just a little smile

Give me just a little smile,
You have your own beautiful style.
Whatever it is, it will soon pass.
Cheer up, look at the greenness of grass.

You have an amazing head;
Not relying on force, you use it instead.
You are beautiful and strong in your way!
Be wise and harmless whatever they say!
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 23.05.2015

You have a talent

You have a talent.
Those who cannot see are blind.
You are beautiful, you are smart, you are gallant.
Stay strong, keep open your mind.

When your talents will flourish like buds,
It will amaze all.
Your knowledge and talent will break through like spring floods;
Your achievements will be discussed by scholars in a university hall.

Stay strong, keep loving your heart;
Be nice whatever they say.
Be kind and joyful to start.
Work hard, study thoroughly, remember to play.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 28.06.2015

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