Taming This Tyke's Voice Since 2007

Dawning Magic

dawning magic

Boracay Island, Philippines. January 26, 2008

I start to paint a new story

In the night’s fading black canvas.

The brines wash the shores

Back to pristine white

From the stains of yesterdays.

The dark shadows of last night

Start to leave the skies

As the rays of morning light

Begin to dawn.

The moon bids goodbye

To her reflections in the sleepless sea.

As I welcome the new beginnings

Of my life’s dawning magic.

~

dawning magic

Boracay Island, Philippines. January 26, 2008

A few of you know the passing away of my father and my coming home to the Philippines – the reason for my absence here for quite awhile. I would like to thank everyone who dropped by my nook and left kind words that help ease my grief. I would like to share with you the piece I delivered during my father’s necrological rites as my way of saying Thank You

I wish you all well.

~ Jeques

“Dawning Magic” is my contribution to Writers Island prompt this week: Magic. Please click link below to navigate to the writers island:

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40 responses

  1. Sorry to hear about your father. I wish you all the strength, Your poem is really magically written in such a magical place.
    I especially love the line “the moon bids goodbye to the reflections in the sleepnless sea” Thanks

    AM00000090000005729 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  2. cricket51

    A beautifully written poem. The dawning of a new day is a magical time. Cricket

    AM000000100000005029 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  3. jeneffer

    I am glad to hear that you are back. I’m sorry to hear that your father passed away. Budak called me, I was planning to call you but athan told me that you left for pinas na. My condolence to you Jeques. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    AM000000100000001329 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  4. Marja,

    Thank you very much for your kind words, they matter in my coming to terms with grief. I’m glad you like this piece I wrote the weekend after my father’s burial, it’s symbolic for my embracing new beginnings.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000030000003129 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  5. Cricket,

    You’re right! and embracing life’s new beginning is magical, too.
    Thanks for visiting my nook. Do you have a blog I could visit? Please give me a link.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000030000001129 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  6. Thanks Jen!

    I sent you a message through your email address.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000030000005629 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  7. beautifully written. wonderful poem for the beginning of February.

    AM00000030000003829 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  8. Beautiful poem. Changing of the day is always magical.

    AM00000030000000329 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  9. Lissa and Anthony,

    Thank you very much for your encouraging words.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000040000002129 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  10. “The moon bids goodbye
    To her reflections in the sleepless sea.”

    Such beautiful lines.

    My condolences on the loss of your father.

    AM00000050000003629 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  11. A fine poem. So sorry about your father. I know how tough it is to loose your dad. My daughter-in-law in filippina, from Bikol, Camarines Sur. We went there three summers ago. It’s a beautiful place.

    AM00000080000002329 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  12. Beautifully put together.

    PM000000120000002729 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  13. A beautiful poem. I too am called to water when my heart is in need of healing.

    PM000000120000003629 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  14. What a magical setting for a magical poem. So sorry to hear of your father’s death.

    PM00000010000002729 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  15. Lovely words. You are now entering a new chapter in your life. Time to remember, but time to move on also. Bless you.

    PM00000020000001829 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  16. Pauline,

    That line is my favorite, too. I’m just so lucky that morning when I wrote this poem that there was the moon and it become part of this piece. I thought all the elements conspired to inspire me to write it.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000030000005529 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  17. Pepek-

    Thanks for your comforting words. Your daughter-in-law surely know the setting of this poem: Boracay Island. Mention it to her and I bit she could tell you the beauty of the island. I’ve not been to Camarines Sur, but I have friends from there. I heard about the beaches in that place and the food. When are you planning to visit the Philippines agai?

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000030000005929 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  18. Steve and Robin,

    Thank you very much for your kind words. I’m really glad you liked this piece. You’re right, Robin, I’m just grateful that the Philippines is blessed with beautiful beaches, it is the best place indeed to be for healing.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000030000005729 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  19. Thanks watermaid! The sea always play an important part in my life like now.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000030000003329 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  20. Thank you Keith.

    The recent event in my life is a turning point and there’s no other way for me but to move forth. You’re right, I’m entering another chapter in my life, one promise I gave my father during our last conversation over the phone was my commitment to take care of my mother. I’m taking the responsibilities for her and the family. I know it is hard, but I’m committed to keep that promise.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000030000001529 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  21. Hi Jeques,

    I think having a splash in Boracay, somehow refreshes all the sadness your heart had. about your promise to your father, i think it is but right for you to keep (to take care of your mother) 🙂

    lovely emotional poem by the way

    PM00000050000001229 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  22. Totomai,

    It’s good to hear from you. Boracay and the beach always play an important role in the turning points in my life. Remember the poems I’ve written before I migrated – the setting was boracay, too. I am taking care of my mother with much love, more than just the responsibility and the commitment.

    Thanks and I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000050000000529 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  23. Lovely poem to newness. I’m so grateful to the dawing of every new day and it’s possibilities. Thanks for the visit and kind comments.
    Be well.

    PM00000070000001829 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  24. Bob

    Hi jeques, my condolences for your loss. As you so beautifully express, every ending is a beginning. Love the title too. Take care,

    Bob

    PM00000090000002529 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  25. To read your writing is an ethereal experience. I am drawn in by each intentional word…so perfect in conjuring the images in my mind. My favorite words are these: “The brines wash the shores

    Back to pristine white

    From the stains of yesterdays.

    If we all had such a magic slate…oh, wait, we do…we must remember that each day is that way.
    Your words to me today were such a blessing. To think, I almost didn’t write about my experience because there is so much judgement on political parties here. You gave me renewed hope! Thank you and Nemaste. Your dad is on a beautiful new journey…may the beauty of his life help you in this difficult time. The angels needed him too!

    AM00000030000001529 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  26. i can smell the gentle ocean breeze passing by … a beautiful poem.

    AM00000030000001629 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  27. Ron,

    We are assured in each waking day of new beginnings, of new chances. It is up to us to choose to accept it with grateful hearts. Thanks for your visit, too, and for your kind words.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000040000001629 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  28. Thanks Bob!

    I wrote this poem while I was in Boracay Island, Philippines. But it was left unfinished. The final line: “Of my life’s dawning magic,” hence the title was added when I arrived here and after I read about the writers island prompt this week: Magic. The writers island is always a rich source of inspiration bringing out a magical idea in me.

    Thank you very much for your kind words.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000040000002829 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  29. Marie,

    Your comments and feedbacks in my post is a blessing, too. I always feel rewarded when somebody read my piece and see the light and the intentions of what I have written. Thank you very much for your sensible and valuable inputs – they are inspiring and encouraging. Thank you for your beautiful words about my father – they are like magic words that help ease the pain and heal.

    Keep on writing, don’t let the narrow bounderies of the convetional stop you from writing your mind.

    I honor the spirit in you which is also in me.

    Nemaste.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000040000000629 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  30. LittleWing,

    ‘Tis my great joy to know if you do – that tells me that my intentions writing the imagery of this poem was achieve. I feel rewarded.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000050000005229 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  31. i , too,, am sorry to hear of your fathers passing,,, how nice for the family that you were in a position to join them and share the experience and the grief…

    this was a really nice poem… i live ion the west coast now,, and i so miss the sun rising out of the ocean,,,, it is a glorious sight i will never forget,, and long to see again…..

    AM00000050000005629 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  32. jeques, I am very sorry about your dad’s passing away. I lost my dad in May 2002. I still feel pain. I feel close to him too. If you know what I mean.

    Saying that, coming back to your poem, it is so full of positive vibes. That is magical.

    PM000000120000000529 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  33. Paisley,

    I have always declared my love for the sea, at this time of grief the sea serves to wash away the pain and heal. I am grateful that my homeland is blessed with the gifts of the sea.

    Thank you for your comforting words.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000060000001129 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  34. Gautami,

    Our fathers has mold us in whatever way in becoming who we are – that connection is hard to let go. I find comfort in your words.

    Thanks and I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000060000001829 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  35. Hi Jeques,

    Words lack when it comes to losses but know that you have been thought of while you were away. I’m very sorry to hear of your father’s loss, yet I am glad you have returned for we have missed you.

    I expect your voice will change for awhile as you navigate your way through this emotional time and find the outlet of your poetry to carry you through.

    best,
    rebecca

    AM00000020000000529 10, 2007 at 12:00 am02

  36. I’m not a regular contributor t Writer’s Island but when I get a chance I do. Sorry to hear about the passing of your Father. I’m also a Filipino, from Manila, but now living on Maui.

    PM000000100000002129 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  37. Liza,

    It’s good to know you’re a filipino and I’m really glad for your visit. Thank you very much.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000020000004529 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  38. Rebecca,

    Thank you very much for your comforting words, and yes, I’m allowing my grief to surface and influence my writings – its part of the healing.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000020000005229 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm02

  39. jeques, such a poignant poem. the pain that you have felt through the years had made into a promise that you are now. i know that wherever your father was, he is there trying to ask your forgiveness all along. let this poem be a constant reminder to that effort.

    PM000000110000002231 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm10

  40. Marvin,

    Your words of reassurance are like morning showers I take in on my roads to healing. In time, in time.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM000000120000000331 10, 2007 at 12:00 am10

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