Taming This Tyke's Voice Since 2007

The Flickering Lights (Over The Horizon)

Three things that relax me:

Morning walks,

the sea

and dreaming.

I used to walk every day before sunrise when I was still in the Philippines, and my morning walks would usually end in the beach that opens to the sea where I conceive my dreams. ‘Tis my daily pilgrimage and like any pilgrims, my walks, my short journey to the sea enriches me. There is much more wisdom gained in becoming than in being. It is in my daily walks that I composed many of my poetry, that I conceived many new and sometimes crazy ideas. I feel connected to the streams of inspirations, creativity over flows, I commune with nature, I am in-touch with my creator. 

I walk to understand life, I walk to find me.

 A Traveler’s Soliloquy (Prologue)

.

On the steep cliff at the edge of the coast,

Lies a vine that bears a rare white flower ~

Hanging in wait like a forlorn soul, lost.

.

The sirens of the calm ocean whisper;

Echoing with the mountains’ dirge like ghost.

These plangent cries pervade the dawn’s zephyr:

.

 “Let go of your clinging grip; it is time.

Your fate beacons from the unknown distance.

Hear the ringing of your destiny’s chime,

Answer the summons of this tenuous chance!”

.

 

The flower’s ineffable faith in life

Propels its heart to will to face its fears;

To transcend many generations’ strife,

And to fulfill the tales oft told by seers.

.

 

So, in the young hours of the morning,

Along the threnody crooned by the wind

The flower cut its thin fiber clinging.

To seize its future, this passage’s end ~

 

I arrive in the beach just before the sun appears over the horizon. I look at that boundary where the skies kiss the sea, you could not  tell where the earth ends and the heavens begin. It is one of the calmest scene one could ever see. I feel so small before the ocean and the arched skies. I am humbled by God’s genius painting the skies with colors that no artist could ever duplicate. And then slowly, some flashes of lights burst over the horizon that astounish me everytime. I am silenced. What comes next is a magical moment when the sun takes flight completely leaving its last kiss to the sea, the magical moment happens when the flickering lights appear like glitters strewn over the ocean.

The hepnotic flickering lights over the horizon inspire my reveries, promising endless possibilities. My dreams lie beyond the horizon: where the sea birds fly, where I saw the airplanes disappear, where the glitters are more brilliant.

Years later, I have crossed the sea. I soared in the skies higher than the sea birds, I went where the airplanes disappear, I alight in the land of endless possibilities to live my dreams. I arrived in the blank space over the horizon that I only used to watch in my morning walks, in the sea, in my dreams.

It was a journey that started with my morning walks, look where my dreams brought me. It is an enriching journey. the wisdom I gained along the way are the glitters I gathered that are now part of me. I am miles away from home – that’s the warm glow I watch over the horizon now. Somewhere behind that glow where the sun kiss the sea is my home, my reasons for coming here and where all these glitters I collect some day would belong.

Three things I wish I will have forever in my life:

Morning walks,

the sea

and dreams.

I could not tell where this three would bring me from where I am now. The flickering lights over the horizon beacon endless possibilities. New dreams are conceived, my heart is ready, I open my arms in acceptance.

A Traveler’s Soliloquy (Epilogue)

.

I reached the edge of the coast at twilight.

Walking back, I draw deep breaths of relief.

The sea is tinged with sunset’s crimson light.

On my path are flowers strewn on the reef.

I picked the salient flower in pure white,

When I looked up, I see vine-drapes on cliff.

 

 

 

 

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54 responses

  1. thank you for your comment on my poetry. i truly appreciate it.

    PM000000100000005831 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  2. I chance upon your poetry while browsing new posts. I thought it is good, so I’m obliged to leave a comment. Thanks for visiting my nook.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM000000120000001531 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  3. Jeques — your prose is even more beautiful and moving than your poetry. I was with you on your journey. Nicely done.

    AM00000080000000831 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  4. Wonderful writing Jeques, like Quilly I was along for the ride. Being a transplanted Nova Scotian now living in Alberta I miss my Sunrises on the Atlantic. The Sunrise on the Prairie doesn’t even compare.

    Thank you for sharing and letting me relive a bit of my past. I came by way of The Quilldancer

    Please stop by my blog when you get the chance, I’ve bookmarked you blog so I can come back later on and be taken on another journey.

    Bill

    AM00000020000003631 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  5. QuillDancer,

    Thank you very much for your visit in my nook, your presence gives color, adds glitter to my humble corner. I’m glad to have you in my journey as you read this piece. Thanks for your encouraging words.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000030000005531 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  6. Bill,

    I am grateful to quilly who apparently is instrumental for your visit to my nook. I am honored by your visit and for the bookmark of my blog. ‘Tis great to know that you connect to my journey described in this piece, that some parts tag at your heart carrying flashbacks of your personal journey.

    I’m inspired by your valuable feedbacks. I will be visiting your blog soon.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000030000002231 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  7. I have read everything you have written since finding your site and you always seem sad about giving up your past life and moving to America – it comes across in your words. This piece is, as ever, beautiful and I’m so glad I read it.

    AM00000060000000431 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  8. Keith,

    One of the saddest things that one would encounter in life is to be uprooted. But it’s necessary that we have to pay the price of our dreams, it is just sad that leaving is one of the price I need to pay. Wherever my dreams would take me, my heart is always anchored home.

    Thanks for your always sensible and valuable feedbacks.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000060000005731 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  9. Great poetry and prose. I am a fellow walking and day dreamer, who yearns for my next trip out to the ocean for quiet mediations of life.

    AM00000070000003231 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  10. Herb Urban,

    Why not make the Philippines’ ocean be the setting for your next trip for quiet meditation. Boracay Islands in the Philippines is a great place. It is the setting for my poem series: A trveler’s soliloquy.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000070000004231 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  11. Let go of your clinging grip; it is time.-so true!
    I love the part where God paints the sky! I could visualize the horizon!

    AM00000070000005531 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  12. Jen,

    Thanks. It is good to know I have somehow described God’s artworks in the sky with my words – I know it is not enough to really put it in words.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000070000003831 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  13. Oh I can totally relate to those dreamy walks and extended dreams looking at the horizon

    AM00000080000001331 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  14. I’m glad you did connect to my thoughts in this article.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000080000004431 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  15. Very nice work! I used the word threnody in a poem several months back…this is the first time I’ve read it another’s work! Startled me to see it. Strange? Again, nicely written prose and poetry!

    AM00000080000004231 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  16. Oh that’s great to know. What’s the title of the poem? Could you give me a link so I could read it.

    Thanks for you visit to my nook and for your positive feednacks.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000080000004931 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  17. UL

    I loved the way you broke and structured your prose-cum-poetry. There’s so much of your heart and soul here, I hope you will always have your morning walks, sea and the dreams, I am sure you will if not outside, you will carry it within you. Thank you for sharing.

    AM00000080000005131 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  18. Thanks for that added inputs, UL. You’re right I can have my walks, in the sea dreaming in my mind. They are forever with me with the memories I could always visit.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000080000003931 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  19. I live a long way from the ocean. That has never stopped me from loving it. I carry it in my mind, in my heart.

    Walking too is another of my favourite things. Your reflections in the form of poetry as well as prose do strike a chord. In those dreams we find we..

    Have a great 2008!

    AM00000090000002831 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  20. Very beautiful!

    AM000000100000002131 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  21. Lea

    Your yearnings for those three things so beautiful, and how they were the portals for your travel across the “god painted sky… into a blank canvas…” May you always have your heart’s desires… Thank you Jeques for taking us on your heart walk…

    AM000000100000002231 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  22. What a magical journey you have taken us on.

    AM000000100000000731 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  23. hmmm this was one prompt where i was genuinely stumped and came up with a halfhearted attempt…then i read this…and it is such a beautiful journey indeed…i love the part where god paints the skies…
    *I walk to find me** magical…
    i liked the prose section a lot…

    PM00000010000005831 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  24. http://ontheprompt.blogspot.com/2008/01/i-wonder-whats-beyond.html

    This was my interpretation…

    PM00000010000005431 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  25. hi jeques, i have this journey of yours way back and it still inspiring to read them again. those 3 things that relax you are enough to put a smile on my face. lovely ponderings and glad you continue your journey thru words and share it to everyone

    PM00000020000003331 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  26. Beautiful writing. the sea is a great magnet and I’m fortunate enough to have it nearby.

    PM00000040000003631 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  27. Jeques: I think the following says it all –

    “Let go of your clinging grip; it is time.
    Your fate beacons from the unknown distance.
    Hear the ringing of your destiny’s chime,
    Answer the summons of this tenuous chance!”

    How I absolutely love the poetic resonance of this stanza! The entire piece, poetry and prose, was beautiful and mesmerizing. This particular stanza, however, reveals to me how you are clinging to that which is home to you, where you feel safe (back home in the Philippines and at sea), where your heart belongs. However, you realize it is time to let go and explore what the horizon of this new land has in store for you…”To seize its future, this passage’s end.”

    Gorgeous.

    PM00000060000005231 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  28. Lovely poetry… both verses were beautiful… and the prose topped it all.. you painted such a beautiful picture with your words.. I could see the horizon and the flickering lights bursting through…

    Over the Horizon

    PM00000080000005531 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  29. What a wonderful piece for this prompt…so powerful and I think to have those 3 things in one’s life is a great thing. I have heard there is no better horizon than the one seen over the sea, I hope to see that for myself someday.

    MY first ever entry is at: http://wannabeawritersomeday.blogspot.com/

    PM00000090000005531 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  30. beautifully spoken…raised on the west coast the beach was my hood…always living by water…yes…

    PM00000090000001831 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  31. Gautami,

    ‘Tis great to know the things I love and my own journey resonate to yours. I always believe that in some way or another we are all one – interrelated. Thanks for your visit and positive inputs.

    PM000000110000003631 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  32. Redness and Robin,

    Thanks and I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM000000110000001731 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  33. Lea,

    Your comment is uplifting ~ beautiful words. I feel so rewarded.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM000000110000005231 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  34. Think Aloud,

    Thanks for pointing the specific parts that work eefectively well for you. I’m glad they speak to you as intended. Your sensible and valuable feedback is appreciated.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM000000110000002131 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  35. Totomai,

    Thanks for dropping by, you know that you’re one of my earliest readers and you know exactly how this journey mean to me.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM000000120000005131 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  36. Watermaid,

    Good for you. I share your love for the sea.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM000000120000003631 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  37. Rebecca,

    You always leave me with such enriching comments and you are always sensible to the intentions of my writings. What a blessing it is for me who’s just starting to explore writing and taming my voice to have you to read my works. Your inputs are so important to me.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM000000120000003031 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  38. preethi,

    I’m glad to know you saw what I’m trying to describe and illustrate with words, I feel they aren’t enough to completely describe the beautiful scene, but I feel rewarded knowing that you saw it.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM000000120000005631 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  39. Penelope,

    Thanks for your visit. I can not completely describe the beauty of the horizon when viewed in the sea ~ you have to find way and time in your life to see it. Thanks for your encouraging words.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM000000120000001631 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  40. pieceofpie,

    I, too, am the child of the sea. I live all my life in a place surrounded by the ocean, that’s one of the reasons it is hard for me to leave home.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM000000120000002631 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  41. This was very evocative, because I love the ocean, too–the sea has much wisdom!

    AM00000030000004631 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  42. Chicklegirl,

    right. it’s a great source of inspirations, too.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000080000003131 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  43. Pass the tissues will you?

    AM000000100000002231 10, 2007 at 12:00 am01

  44. I really like the Epilogue. Walking is always such a calming exercise – it’s almost like dreaming sometimes. You’re quite creative in writing this piece and very inspirational.

    PM00000060000002831 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  45. imageverse2

    Jeques –

    This was wonderful reading! Deeply felt, I’m certain…

    I too have a place, on the Pacific Ocean not far from my home, which I call my ocean sanctuary.

    I go there often, to meditate atop this huge rock at the ocean’s edge, and be soothed by the waves that crash against the behemoth.

    It’s a special place, where I can confer with my muse, and reinvigorate my spiritual essence.

    PM00000090000001131 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  46. Jeques –

    This was wonderful reading! Deeply felt, I’m certain…

    I too have a place, on the Pacific Ocean not far from my home, which I call my ocean sanctuary.

    I go there often, to meditate atop this huge rock at the ocean’s edge, and be soothed by the waves that crash against the behemoth.

    It’s a special place, where I can confer with my muse, and reinvigorate my spiritual essence.

    PM00000090000001531 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  47. Thanks for sharing these great ideas. I’m bookmarking this for future reference. Some of these I already do, so the point resonated most strongly with me. Keep feeding the creativity.
    I am currently on holiday so, for this reason, I’ve nothing better to do than surf the web for art, lie around and update my blog. Well, more or less anyway.
    Doug C

    PM00000060000001831 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  48. Rob,

    I am honored by your visit to my nook. Thank you very much. Your valuble feedbacks for this piece is greatly appreciated, your kind words inspire me, your inputs encourage me. I feel so rewarded for my efforts. I am forever grateful to you for inviting me to the writers island, the weekly writing prompts help me a lot in my attempts to becoming a writer/poet and in taming my voice which is the real purpose of this my web nook. I am learning, and I am enriched.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM000000120000002431 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  49. To Steve, Lissa and Doug C,

    Thank you very much. Your kind words and valuable comments are like raindrops sprinkling the seeds in my writer heart.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM000000120000000431 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm01

  50. Thanks for sharing

    PM00000050000005829 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  51. tenthredemption

    thank you for your comment…and thank you so much for sharing this with me. it was absolutely beautiful…and like others have said, i felt i was with you.

    PM00000090000001130 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm04

  52. jeques, for so many have already said what i supposed to say. but i think your inclination of writing this prose poem is evidently triggered by your affinity to the sea. same with me. we are the child of the sea. horizon is there to leave us wondering of what can we do to cross over it. thinking “what’s on the other side”, unless we are brave to face it, we will go further from where we are.

    i think there is much symbolism on this piece. subtle yet strong impressions had filled me to the brim of thoughts. i hope this pondering, would be read by those who have stopped dreaming and thought that the world they are in now is the only world they can live in. they tend to forget, that there are other worlds out there beyong these horizons.

    PM000000110000004230 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm09

  53. Marvin,

    This post is my most commented article – there is something in this plate of thoughts that attracted many readers and feedbacks. Perhaps because many share them in one way or the other, because whatever view of the horizon we have at any given place, or time, or circumastances – it always inspires us to dream, to chase the light beyond what our eyes can not see. for our minds and spirits alight to that place before our human flesh does.

    Yes we are children of the sea, in my post: Nostalgia I expressed that part of me better.

    https://jeques.wordpress.com/2007/11/14/1sts-7-nostalgia/

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000030000004630 10, 2007 at 12:00 am09

  54. hello, thanks authors. exellent post

    PM000000110000001531 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm10

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