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

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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

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

Sometimes you lose

Sometimes you lose,
But sometimes you find.
I see that you snooze,
Wake up, it isn’t time to be blind!

Instead of mourning
Over what you don’t possess,
Listen carefully to this warning,
Be glad at what you have, be glad at less.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 16.01.2005

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

Cheer and consistency

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Do things with cheer
And your work will go far, not near.

But what has to be done – is to be done –
Do that and it will be gone.

Even famous people had tough times,
But continued working until they got juice out of limes.

Complete your kind projects through –
That’s a rewarding thing, it’s true.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 05.09.2015

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

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

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

Have you ever seen a sunrise

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Have you ever seen a sunrise
Or the azure above
Which is often called just skies?
Have you ever been in love?

Or haven’t you got time enough?
Vanity of vanities, too much of it
And the sea of life is so rough.
Bustle can so badly hit…

But I don’t say forget all, throw away.
Just let love inside, right into your heart.
Mind your way.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 16.09.2006

When you are sad

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When you are sad,
Take your time,
Get ready to be glad.
Make juice if you got a lime.

Remember to smile,
It helps with people.
They will appreciate your style.
You can make much even out of little.

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Jasper Parkway – panoramio – Jack Borno” August 21, 2005, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 21.05.2010

Perennial values

Sometimes she makes mistakes.
It’s natural, it’s alright.
Nevertheless, her young heart aches.
She’s a modern girl and is always ready to fight.

She works hard
And can never forgive herself a blunder.
They say, “It’s a normal state of things, dear bard.
Calm down, we need no thunder”.

How can it be OK
If she has no time for her family and friends?
Her work is a beast and she is a prey.
Pure soul is the treasure, but not what money sends.
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 26.03.2005

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

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

Praise God with a grateful heart

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Praise God with a grateful heart.
Let your praise, both big and small be sincere.
Have time to say “Thank You” to Him whether you go far or near.
God will make a way, continue doing your part.
Iaroslav                                                      Thursday 04.08.2016

If you want to be sage

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If you want to be sage,
Be patient, forget about rage.
Learn to listen first of all
And you will stand where talkative people fall.

And then don’t be shy to ask;
Good advice is a half done task.
Don’t be too fast to act.
On time though you should react.

Wisdom is close,
He who accepts it will thrive like a rose.
Wisdom is calling for you.
So, listen to get your due.
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 23.09.2007

Patience is all we need

Patience is all we need!
To savour sweet berries
A farmer takes a small seed.
But time is not sold like cherries.

He who knows how to wait
Inherits riches and fame.
Better wise now than when it is too late;
Learn to control your flame.

Open your eyes to avoid blindness.
Here are two words to learn by heart:
Patience and kindness.
Among the great they make your part.
Iaroslav                                           Saturday – Sunday 16-17.02.2008

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

Щоб не робив, будь певним!

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Ціль обери та йди.
У своїй справі будь ревним;
Себе у тому знайди.

Час візьме своє,
Стануть всі на місця.
Обери зараз своє,
Що краще у своїй сфері знавця?
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 30.10.2009

When did you last admire the sky?

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When did you last admire the sky,
Green grass, and strong trees?
This is amazing, try!
You are required no fees.

How often do you look far away?
Ask yourself. The question is why.
What for to leave when you want to stay?
What for to cut your wings if you can fly?

Vanity is nothing,
Money is only a means.
Look at those who are constantly fussing.
Already old being in their teens!

But we still have a chance.
Your time hasn’t yet slept away.
Always moving like in a dance…
What is there ahead in your way?
Iaroslav                                                        Wednesday 01.08.2007

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

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

 

Le ruisseau de temps coule vite

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Le ruisseau de temps coule vite.
Et beaucoup va changer:
Les choses intérieures aussi que le site.
Mais il n’est jamais trop tard pour changer.

Seulement te rappelle toujours:
C’est à toi.
Il y a fondement même dans les plus grandes tours.
Tiens la patience et l’amour avec la foi.

Image credit: Ron B, “Banff Glacier” August 16, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                         Wednesday 04.04.2007

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

We may get upset

We may get upset
Because something doesn’t happen as we have set.
We tend to give up
Or to pretend it was not our tea cup.

We tend to forget when we get a lime
That all happens in God’s time.
So, let’s proceed with hope
That with His help we will achieve, we will cope!
Iaroslav                                                         Wednesday 10.02.2016

Не треба кричати, щоб почутим бути

Не треба кричати, щоб почутим бути,
Свою справу треба добре робити та спину не боятися гнути.

Тільки той рипить, хто нічого не вміє,
Бо звертають увагу і з того радіє.

Та людина – не скрипучі ворота –
Розумний дарма не відкриває рота.

Слово – не горобець, вилитить – не піймаєш,
Тож добре поміркуй доки мовчиш, доки час ще маєш.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 10.04.2004

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

How do you use your time?

I know, you have so little time,
But it’s all about how you use it.
Do you spend a dollar trying to save a dime?
If you are overwhelmed with details, you may lose it.

Keep the bigger picture in sight,
Approach it in a smart way indeed.
Your time budget is tight –
Be wise with time to succeed.
Iaroslav                                                         Monday 12.01.2015

You are the only thing that’s blinding

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The sun is shining,
But you are the only thing that’s blinding.
All this time, girl, where have you been hiding?
You are like a yacht that’s gliding.

We enjoy our shared time
You write the best greetings for me, and I compose you a rhyme.
We cook and enjoy our meal together.
When we pray we are lighter than a feather.
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 10.01.2016

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

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

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

Exercise your body

Exercise your body –
You only get one.
Whether you work or study,
There are a lot of things that can be done.

What do you like?
Walking, swimming, jogging or riding a bike;
Playing basketball, volleyball, soccer or dancing?
There are things which require no financing.

You have no time to spare;
In fact, exercising will save you some.
It will help you to learn, to work, and to prepare.
Find the exercises you like and come!
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 24.10.2015

There is time for all

There is time to work
And there is time to play;
Time to eat pork
And time to “vegetize” your tray.

There is time to cry
And there is time to smile;
Time to refrain and time to try;
To rest and to cover a mile.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 11.10.2015

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

For driving

When you drive, drive in a way which is safe and sure.
If unsure, don’t go.
You will save a life, the baby will enjoy the sky azure.
Your payments on your car will be so low.

When you use your car, make safe your drive.
It happens that out of nowhere cars and people dive,
But you be cautious at all times
With yourself and others to save precious lives.
Iaroslav                                                          Friday 21.08.2015

Bless the Lord, all you His servants

Bless the Lord, all you His servants
Bless the Lord, all you who come to Church,
Who spend your time in constant search
Of His Love and Way!
Bless the Lord when you do, when you speak, when you pray!
Iaroslav                                                          Tuesday 14.07.2015

Once upon a time

Once a man committed a crime:
He stole something at that time.
Then the police were on his trail.
The man was spotted by a friar.

The latter took him to his monastery cell
And treated his wounds very well.
When the police came after their prey,
The monk did not betray.

Since then the man often prayed
And both souls were saved.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 05.08.2012

Be consistent in good

Be consistent in good:
Do something good all the time!
For our souls, kind things are like food;
So, nourish it well with kind deeds and good rhyme.

Watch what you say,
Be patient when people are rude
‘Cause you have your own way.
Whatever they do, try to do things which are good!
Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 11.12.2014

Життя – це великий дар

Життя – це великий дар,
Не варто про це забувати
І тільки Господь може ним наділяти;
Життя наповнює все від моря до хмар.

Але той, хто його має
Розпорядитися ним правильно мусить,
Найвищої мудрості життя вимагає
І розумний для початку язика закусить.

Не варто життя марнувати,
Його треба цінити, сміливіше крокувати.
Кожен сам все зважить, але час швидко спливає,
Укріпиться той у житті, хто надію на Бога покладає.
Iaroslav                                                          Tuesday 07.08.2004