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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Son’s Poem for His Father


                     Gerd Altmann from Freiburg, Deutschland

A Son’s Poem for His Father
By: Noel N. Villarosa
November 18, 2015

A father-son reflection in the mirror
A father’s guide that relieves me from any error
Your hand will be remembered touching the image of my soul
Sure you will watch over me with your true love control

A mirror does not lie, for every breath and sigh
Our image will be a silent observer of what we dignify
We are both a light being forming the illusion
We are made to believe of convergent evolution

When I looked into the mirror, I saw myself into you
Small and big dreams came into view
Having everything in its proper place
I am dwelling in you, it is hard to unlace

The same lifestyle that we both fashioned
It is the impression of a desire for love’s passion
Your face had no envy to hide, you’re always true
That made me whisper, “I am you”


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A Son’s Poem for His Father (A short story for children)

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A Son’s Poem for His Father (A short story for children)
By: Noel N. Villarosa
November 18, 2015


A father has been living afar for so many years, leaving behind his wife and only son. The father was working abroad and only got a vacation once a year.

The father and son would usually fill the distance of being apart through video call in the internet. They made the internet as their virtual world, connecting to live like having a normal life back home, telling each other what has transpired during the day and showing any new in their possessions. Never, they have dull moments when talking online, they both see to it that they have their smile to pause during end calls.

They both spent leisure talks by sharing funny stories, did you know that, answering riddles, and telling about myths and legends. The son was so impressed to talk about these things. In return, the son would also share his own stories and they will both laugh as if the distance is not an issue.

On a cool breeze when everyone’s choice to get back to their homeland during the month of December, is just the right time that family get together and embrace the yuletide season with family and friends.

The father decided to go on vacation during this period because he promised to his son to be there on Christmas time. He promised to bond to his son and make it a memorable one.

Finally, both the father and son once again reunited. One day inside the room, the father was writing a poem, never in his mind that his son would be eager to ask how he could write his own poem. Father was so happy to hear his son asked. Immediately, the father has led his son in front of the mirror and both of them sat, reflecting on their own image at the mirror. The father told to his son that to write a poem was to think of a good title of a poem and pointing to the mirror, he asked, “What do you see in the mirror?” The son replied, “I see you and myself.” The father said, “Since that is what you see, maybe a good title for your first poem will be a father and son reflection.”

The son excitedly wrote on his paper the title: A Father and Son Reflection. The father eager to guide his son to write his first poem told him, “Now think of anything you want to tell about that image you saw in the mirror, write your first stanza and if you want you could put rhyming at the end of each line.”

The first thing that came to his son’s mind was to write this: “A father-son reflection in the mirror.” The father told to his son to continue writing the second line and this time to think of a word that would rhyme with the word mirror. The son contemplated for a while and he thought of rhyming it with the word error. So the son wrote in the second line: “A father’s guide that relieves me from any error.” Then he picked up his father’s hand and laid it upon the mirror while putting his right hand too upon the mirror. Then he wrote, “Your hand will be remembered touching the image of my soul,” “Sure you will watch over me with your true love control.” The father was mesmerized by the chosen words of his son. “It was really splendid, my son,” said by the father, as he touched his son’s forehead. “Now continue writing for the second stanza of the poem, you are just doing fine,” said by the father.

The son looking back at the mirror tried to contemplate what the image was telling him. He continued writing, “A mirror does not lie, for every breath and sigh,” “Our image will be a silent observer of what we dignify,” “We are both a light being forming the illusion,” “We are made to believe of convergent evolution.”

“When I looked into the mirror, I saw myself into you,” “Small and big dreams came into view,” “Having everything in its proper place,” “I am dwelling in you, it is hard to unlace.”

The father was speechless for the beautiful words rendered. He told to his son to continue one more stanza and it will be the last part. The son continued to thrive in writing. “The same lifestyle that we both fashioned,” “It is the impression of a desire for love’s passion,” “Your face had no envy to hide, you’re always true” “That made me whisper, I am you.” The son retelling what he just wrote, excitedly expressed contentment on his accomplishment, and loudly recited it for his father to listen. The father with tears in his eyes embraced his son and told him, “I am proud of you son. I want to make it sure that our reflection in the mirror is not only our light being but to be our guiding window to where our beliefs will take us into.” Below is the poem of the son for his father. THE END.

A Father and Son Reflection

A father-son reflection in the mirror
A father’s guide that relieves me from any error
Your hand will be remembered touching the image of my soul
Sure you will watch over me with your true love control

A mirror does not lie, for every breath and sigh
Our image will be a silent observer of what we dignify
We are both a light being forming the illusion
We are made to believe of convergent evolution

When I looked into the mirror, I saw myself into you
Small and big dreams came into view
Having everything in its proper place
I am dwelling in you, it is hard to unlace

The same lifestyle that we both fashioned
It is the impression of a desire for love’s passion
Your face had no envy to hide, you’re always true
That made me whisper, “I am you”

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Image in the Mirror

                                       Ralf Unstet (Age 56) from Kandel, Germany

Image in the Mirror
By: Noel N. Villarosa
November 12, 2015


If you want a real talk with someone
Face the mirror to stare at yourself
You see yourself more alone than anyone
His conversation you always put on the shelf

Oftentimes we need to face ourselves in the mirror
We need to connect to the feelings of our own image
Feel deep inside your personality, calling you to come near
The challenge is how to fix your image at the line of scrimmage

We cannot look directly at our own image
For it bears many lives who took part with
The awareness of who put you in the wreckage
Walking with no boundaries; it’s always in your wit

For it will not be you, you will be seeing in the mirror
It will be love, respect, and control staring back at you
On what does it mean is pointing into your own error
It is not your image but other’s image reflection you knew


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Image in the Mirror (A poem by my 8-year old son)

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                             Bennimax (Dagmar Räder (Age 50) from Wien, Österreich)

Image in the Mirror
Written by: Pio Noel Villarosa
November 12, 2015


When I stepped in front of the mirror
I saw myself staring back at me and to the door
I raised my hand and say “hi”
And then it's lunch time and bid goodbye

While brushing my teeth, I looked again at the mirror
Preparing to go to bed, praying not to dream of any horror
I read my book and grab my sketchbook
And afterwards, I hang it on a hook

I went to pray with the cross
And even putting a red rose
I looked back at the mirror
Image is blurred; sleepy as it appears

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Pio Noel and the Ginger Dragon

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Pio Noel and the Ginger Dragon (Fictional Short Story for Children)
By: Noel N. Villarosa
November 8, 2015

On a planet not known to humans, not ever landed by human’s space shuttle, not even near-missed hit by a patrolling space satellite, was a planet where dragons lived called “Wodip” Thus, whenever the sun deviates backward at a rate of one degree, our planet was crossing the galactic level where on its north-south axis will be pointing to the planet of Wodip, for it wobbles during this time, what we could see was a light emission from the Wodip planet. Old folks who actually witnessed this light emission was believed to be the light tunnel where dragons passed through to enter planet Earth.  These dragons have visited our earth, lived a thousand years, and they have one purpose in visiting our planet Earth, just to loot our precious stones and bring it back to their planet.

Dragons on planet Wodip have three colonies: The blue, red, and green dragons. The red dragons were the fire breather, the blue dragons were the electric currents breather, and the green dragons were the chemiluminescence breather. It was not magical, but there was a scientific explanation on how did dragons emit their type of breath. Whenever a red dragon digests its food, it created a gas; this gas was stored in another kind of chamber, and which later mixed with another substance that has the capability to ignite a fire at the contact of air. While the blue dragons have a different scientific explanation on how they breathe electric currents. The nervous system has the capacity to produce electricity on its cells; nucleus decides when to release the electric organ. When the signal compelled it, an array of nerves mobilizes the thousands of cells to activate immediately. Each cell behaves like a battery carrying negative and positive charges. The green dragons, on the other hand, emit chemiluminescence of a greenish glow when elemental phosphorus was exposed to damp air.

All these dragons for a longer period of time have been rivals in maintaining their good position in their society. Whoever got the more gems on their possession will become more powerful. The Wodip planet was a cold place and in order to survive the harsh weather, dragons need to gather more gemstone to warm their place in order to survive. The irradiation coming from these gemstone are producing ultraviolet light which is present in sunlight; gemstone colors are so rich with ultraviolet radiation, and gamma rays which the Wodip planet needed to fuel or warm their place.

The red dragons were so preemptive to disable dragons, not of their kind; they were stealing all the gems with the other dragons, thus preventing the blue and green dragons to survive. Before all of their own kind slowly disappears, the leader of the green dragons decided to send their new hatchlings into planet Earth through the light tunnel being opened as when the sun deviates backwards, letting planet Wodip be directly aligned to planet Earth sending this light tunnel to be their only escape route from the red dragons. Among the few hatchlings sent into the light tunnel, only one egg successfully passed through the very intricate tubular channel because of the swirling vibration that needs to be endured by the fragile egg, and this egg who survived will be called as “Ginger Dragon.”

At one peaceful night when everyone else in the family has gone to sleep, a boy named Pio Noel was awakened by the swishing sound coming from an open field where Pio’s house was nearby. Pio stood in at the window looking out towards the open field when a beam of light ripped the sky. Pio followed where exactly the light connected, and immediately went into that place. From the ground, it created a big deep pit, only to find an egg lying on it. Pio climbed down and picked up the egg, and brought it home. Every day he will nurture it like precious belongings, every night he will sit beside the crackling blaze on the hearth, and on his lap was the egg to incubate for hatching. Pio felt the constant motion inside the egg and knew that for a month longer; the shell will crack.

At the first light that came into contact with the creature’s half-asleep eyes, it was looking for its parents. To show Pio’s concern to the creature, he massaged its arrowhead tail, and covered it with a purple cloth to warm him up, and put him into rest. Pio immediately had noticed the effect of color purple into this creature, it made a relaxing and cooling effect.

Every time the creature wakes up, it will do a humming sound and will wrap its tail around Pio’s arm inviting to apply a little massage. During feeding on the creature, Pio usually will feed it with a bite of the dragon fruit during the morning, and in the afternoon, he will feed it with chicken marinated in ginger and lemon, for every time he feeds it with food mixed with ginger, the creature will make a high pitched sound expressing how it likes the food. So it became a ritual for feeding the creature with food mixed with ginger. Because of this practice, Pio has named the creature as “Ginger Dragon.”

Every after eating the dragon fruit, Pio will usually take Ginger in the outdoor to have a glimpse of the beautiful river bank; Pio will take Ginger into the river, and let it see its own reflection in the crystal clear water; Ginger will widely open its bright yellow eyes with surprise, and will joyously jump at the chance of flapping its wings, and able to lift its body. Pio saw these things, so he did many times to let Ginger spread its wings, and lift its body into the air. Pio tried this many times until Ginger practiced to scoop the air with its wings and forcing itself upward. Pio trained Ginger to make its wings tough enough to withstand strong winds, and how it will protect the wing’s membranes not to get severed because once severed it may not be able to fly again.

Over the years, Ginger has improved its skeletal features like the head, neck, broad shoulders, thick legs, strong tail and its leathery wings. Its Supraspinatus and Flexor alae major were its flight muscles that helped him to fly. It has improved its horns or spikes on its head and running down its spine. Ginger has totally grown into a full dragon. Pio will usually ride on its back, and had a thrill in flying with Ginger, they both will go on top of the volcano, and watching its crater. At the peak height of its position, it will do the accelerated free fall, and be catching their breath, and upon near hitting the ground will pull up again making Pio hold its breath, but have enjoyed it so much.

Came upon the redoubtable when the sun deviates backward causing Earth to line up with planet Wodip; all the red dragons went inside the light tunnel ready to enter planet Earth. One by one they came out from the light tunnel, and with fierce sound seemed they were looking for Ginger dragon. Red dragons waited for this moment to eliminate Ginger dragon, they have these senses of any surviving green dragons on the loose when they tried to escape from planet Wodip.

Ginger dragon acknowledging the challenge responded by sending its high pitch sound back to the red dragons. Ginger dragon’s body system has been changed by living with his friend Pio. Aside from its chemiluminescence of a greenish glow, it has developed a brown skin with a sheen on it. In adopting for eating plenty of ginger, it helped to stimulate gastric juices, and releases an aromatic rhizome which helps Ginger dragon of having this "image of thought" that apprehends multiplicities of events, and foresees the outcome, this power will prevent Ginger dragon of doing the wrong action, while tracking the right thing to do.

Pio brought his special weapon to help Ginger dragon fight the red dragons, he brought his slingshot with a super stone called “Godick.” This stone can penetrate the red dragon’s tough and shiny scales, and from the inside will crack and burst every bone making its victim’s body be paralyzed. Pio and Ginger dragon flew to the battle site. The red dragons were waiting, and upon sighting them, they have formed the spear formation where the leader was in front. Ginger dragon emitted its ginger breath and forming a ball of gas showing events to happen. Ginger predicted the red dragon’s plan. Ginger saw that they will strike flying like spear then upon nearing to them will spread out, and doing the cyclic jail on both Pio and Ginger dragon. All of these events were seen before it happened. Ginger tell to Pio to hold tight as it will soar up high before red dragons could go near on them, and then suddenly will free fall creating strong turbulence of wind to destroy their formation, and then telling to Pio it’s the right time on aiming them one by one with his slingshot to paralyze them all. Ginger without waiting any chance for the red dragons to get near, soared up to the higher level, and then free fall creating unsteady movement of air, destroying their formation, and giving Pio a chance to hit them with his special stone, hitting them one by one and paralyzing them to fall down into the ground. Every time Pio will hurl the stone, he will chant this phrase into the wind:

Faith unifies the triangular life path
Union of soul, mind, and body
An all-out strength against their wrath
For in the battle is a stage of intensity

Take this stone as death blow
Every bone and flesh to collapse
Never in this land will your blood flow
You can run away or take death perhaps

This chanting was very powerful that Pio could be able to aim his enemy perfectly, hitting them with the stone, and helplessly paralyzing them. Ginger’s breath was so powerful that it could emit a ball of gas shield protecting them from the red dragon’s fire.

With the good teamwork of Pio and Ginger dragon, they have totally defeated all the red dragons sending them all falling to the ground lifeless.

Their victory over the red dragons had to put an end to the light tunnel by closing the portals between planet Wodip and planet Earth. Ginger dragon had to disconnect the light tunnel by emitting a chemiluminescence or a greenish glow into the exact ground where this light tunnel was connected in order to refract, and sending it out back into the outer space. The greenish glow from Ginger dragon served as the refracting lens to send out the light tunnel from planet Hodip into the outer space, making the planet earth safe from the invading red dragons. Ginger dragon decided not to leave planet Earth and stayed with his longtime friend Pio Noel. The End.


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