Thursday, August 23, 2012

Within Three Days

Commitment is a big word. Most people will choose not to get involved with something or someone if he cannot do what is expected of him. Unfortunately, there are individuals that make promises that they cannot keep and those that tend to wait even for eternity.

Within Three Days is a four stanza poem with an alternating rhyme series. While the first and third lines comprise the total of seven syllables, the second and fourth lines have the total of five syllables.

For some personal reasons, commitment in relation to the number three has become an inspiration of the author (me) to write the poem. Some facts can be revealed though.

In the symbolism and significance of number three, it is cited as one of the four perfect numbers - number seven as a spiritual perfection; ten as ordinal perfection; twelve being a governmental perfection; and finally number three as divine perfection.

The number three symbolizing a divine perfection reveals only what is real, complete or essential like God Himself. God is life, spirit and light. Everything aside from God is vanity. All things under the sun are said to be useless or empty. Sadly, man himself can be unreal as well.

Fortunately, the number three also signifies the three gifts of grace – faith, hope and love. And as human beings, we can remain strong with these gifts from heaven while we wait for that commitment.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Thanks for The Imagination

Going to some special trip or spending money without worries is an ambition. But for simple people, surviving the day fruitlessly regardless of so much effort, is enough for one great goal. With this, life can really be disheartening. Fortunately, there are always the better sides of things. We only need to open our eyes and heart.

My poem ‘Thanks for the Imagination’ is a four stanza poem. It contains the sum of 8 syllables in line one and four while the sum of 7 syllables in line two and three. There is an imperfect rhyming series at the first and third line in the first stanza – with the words ‘failed and cares’ but, with perfect alternating rhyming sequence with the rest of the poem.

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The first stanza is addressing man’s sarcasm in life being unjust. The second stanza is simply showing that even with all man’s failure, life goes on. The third one is addressing God’s wishes upon man. Finally, the fourth stanza is describing man’s acceptance with all the trials given to him.

Life can be unfair. Most of the time, we do not get what we deserve. But, God has plans for us – far better than we have in mind. And God has given us the capability to imagine and see things or circumstances beautifully and in a positive way.

At least…

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

To Try and Lose Again

Some of us are familiar with the saying, ‘Try and try until you succeed’. This sounds reasonable enough, especially, when we believe another anecdote that cites, ‘God helps those who help themselves’. But, suppose there are things not really meant for us? Should we go on trying or, should we give up?

The poem ‘To Try and Lose Again’ written by Phoenix Montoya (me), is a five stanza poem with an alternating rhyme sequence.

‘To Try and Lose Again’ is a life poem, inspired by disappointments, trials and daily struggles as the author questions man’s real status on Earth.

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Man as said, makes his own destiny. Whatever happens to him, it is his own doing and his own choice. However, the Bible reveals that man’s fate is already written. The passage in Ephesians 2:8-9 tells this, ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is a gift of God, not results of works, so that no one may boast’.

So, this means: It is always God’s decision. Whatever man does, IF what he wants IS NOT intended for him, he will always fail. Surely, man can always make his own destiny but everything will still fall on God’s wishes.

Fortunately, God’s intention is always for the well being of man. God as the Father knows what’s best for His children. Man learns His ways through disappointment. And as a child of God, man tends to understand that he is not for the Earth.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

No More Beauty Just the Beast

‘No More Beauty Just the Beast’ is a six stanza poem. It consists of four lines in each stanza with different meters and rhyming sequence.

The first and fourth stanzas have succeeding rhyming order - the first with the second line and the third with the fourth line. Lines one and three in the first and fourth stanzas have six syllables; lines two and four have seven.

The second and fifth stanzas have the same meter patterns as the first and fourth stanzas. However, the rhyming sequence is in an alternating order - the first with the third line and the second to the fourth line.

Finally, the third and the last stanzas consist of seven syllables with alternating rhyme series.

The fairy tale Beauty and the Beast may have something to do with the title of the poem, ‘No More Beauty Just the Beast’ and indeed there is. In the fairy tale, the lady – Beauty, reflects herself by her very name as a kind, caring and as a lovely maiden from inside and out. The prince or Beast on the other hand, is exposed as a literal monster. Fortunately, as most people know the ending of the tale, Beast broke his own curse by falling in love with Beauty.

The characters in the story weren’t the inspiration of the author (me) though. It was actually the thought of a mortal man without beauty. As beauty can be represented by kindness and beast as evilness, what can drive a person to lose beauty?

Plato, a Greek philosopher has quoted that, ‘To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.’

Man by nature is good. However, man also possess some evil within him. Man survives along with his group because of his wise choice and his will power to hold off the wickedness within him. As Plato has cited, man chooses evil if he is only driven to.

‘No More Beauty Just the Beast’ is simply expressing that every person – no matter how nice he is has certain limitations. No more beauty just the beast is just another phrase for ‘no more mister nice guy!’

Monday, July 16, 2012

To Heed an Angel’s Call

Angels are great inspirations for most writers, particularly for poets. An angel can be interpreted differently. While an angel is usually referred to as a creature from heaven, with a beautiful face and with a pair of cottony, white wings; an angel can also be pertained to a being from hell. In the poem of yours truly, the angel is someone of a pleading type. I believe she is someone with a good heart, yet a really broken one.

‘To Heed an Angel’s Call’ by Phoenix Montoya (that’s me!) is a five stanza poem with four lines. The poem has seven syllables, with the last words rhyming within the two consecutive lines - line one with two and line three with four.

‘To Heed an Angel’s Call’ is a common poem type that makes use of metaphors. The poem tells about the pain of a guardian angel. In the poem, this angel is pleading to her human. She is about to perish as the person with whom she is caring for has chosen the path of darkness.

The poem ‘To Heed an Angel’s Call’ can be categorized as a life and love poem. It shows human nature in his decision to do right or wrong; the misery within his heart; and more importantly, guilt - as all men possess love and kindness within them.

A whisper from within is a calling of the conscience. And as mortals, it is our decision to listen.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Afternoon Sky


A lonesome canvas,
horizon welcoming dusk -
pink to violet.
(c)Phoenix Montoya @ March 14, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dark Sky

Gloomy clouds above,
with cold incessant teardrops -
heaven’s misery.

(c) Phoenix Montoya @ March 14, 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Grey Sky

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The air turns chilly,
unpredictable climate -
sky high, black and grey.

(c) Phoenix Montoya @ March 14, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012