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The Vessel of Life - a Poem

Updated on October 23, 2012
Beautiful photograph by my good friend Jun Kong (Jun Kong Photography)
Beautiful photograph by my good friend Jun Kong (Jun Kong Photography) | Source
A nipa hut
A nipa hut | Source
Out to the open tranquility I sail...
Out to the open tranquility I sail... | Source
Stay calm, my boy.
Stay calm, my boy. | Source

"The Vessel of Life"

It’s but ordinary, each morning I awake

Of needle-sharp beams threading through

Dusty, worn palm walls’ multiple openings;

Dreamy, I stare across the barren crooked table

Warm, inviting, but no leftovers to spare

My dry wrinkled feet have to go, I solely declare.


I face and kneel before the window

I pray to God, His generous compassion

As I am ready to sail out to the sea

The life of a poor- my child, my vessel and me;

I carry no doubts that God will traverse

But grant little wishes; little mouths to nurse.


Cradled afloat my survival boat into tranquility

One parent’s hope, a hearty charity

Suddenly, salty waters smelled like bouquet

I looked up, smiled to God for this day;

Into the thick darkness I made my dive

I see it’s a garden, a harvest for life.

≈♥≈

© coffeegginmyrice August 13.2012



The Vessel of Life ~ Photography by my friend Jun Kong

In God's guidance and grace, let us sail my son.
In God's guidance and grace, let us sail my son. | Source
Life in the sea...have we ever looked at them differently?
Life in the sea...have we ever looked at them differently? | Source
The sun, the salt and my skin that I care not for I trust to bring home food to my table.
The sun, the salt and my skin that I care not for I trust to bring home food to my table. | Source
A mother's strong survival dedication for her little family.
A mother's strong survival dedication for her little family. | Source
Beautiful kids...
Beautiful kids... | Source
A father takes his son to fishing today, later dividing the catch for a little profit at a public market and to enjoy for a private feast in his home.
A father takes his son to fishing today, later dividing the catch for a little profit at a public market and to enjoy for a private feast in his home. | Source

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Oh my fellow Canadian of Lake Erie, I am so flattered of your poetic insight of me. Thank for your ever awe-inspiring comments and your charming wishes will surely pass on a good energy from Lake Erie to Scarborough and...wait, I feel it now.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....hello my fellow Canadian and esteemed colleague and world class writer that you are - your poetic heart and soul is like a vessel of life and your words took me away to the cinema in my mind - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario, canada 7:00am

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      xstatic, your beautiful words must reflect the beautiful person you are. Thank you for your admiration!

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Beautiful lines and beautiful photos as well. I find your above comment to be full of compassion as well.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      teaches, you nailed it there! My pa had a humble 'growing-up' years. He shared his story when I was in my 'stubborn' young years and it brought both of us to tears and hard sobbing. That was a beautiful moment of father-daughter bond. His hometown is a small island (Bantayan Island) at the north tip of Cebu, Philippines. My family would cross the sea on a pump boat for Holy Week vacations to Bantayan and I witness all the time how low life is brought about by very friendly and humble people. They are the most sincere and kind beings and are always ready to lend a hand wishing only for something little in return almost giving their services to our household for free. They are always ready to offer and give what they have caught from the sea or from their harvests too, even trays of fresh eggs! They are full of enthusiasm to help you out with the resources you need (of course they live in the island) and will bring you back your wishes. They are very politely appreciative by the kind and generous gestures they receive back.

      I don't like hating the lowest level of life, but look at it with equal standards and treat these people the same. They're no martians! We feel lucky that we are standing a little higher and enjoying little bits what life can offer within our capacity, but we never forget those who are struggling more than us.

      Thank you teaches for your lovely thoughts. I always appreciate your words. Love to find you here always. Take care, teaches and have a good day! Lotsa love...Tess

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      picklesandrufus, what a beautiful morning upon finding your comment for this hub, thank you! I'll whisper to the sunshine to treat you well today. Keep smilin'!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I felt the truthfulness of life in your poetry. We often don't think about how other people live and take our life of plenty for granted. Awesome hub and well done!

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      What a beautiful read. Your photos were as remarkable as your words. Vote up!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      In His Love...that is very appreciative, Faith Reaper and very true! Love to you too. May God bless you a good day! Cheers always...Tess

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Gypsy, hello to you! Always you have admiring words for me. Lotsa love and thank you!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Stunningly beautiful in both word and photos. The water is so beautiful. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Fantastic. Awesome pic. Well done. Felt like I was gliding in a boat right along with them.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you Mhatter99! I feel really compelled to write at least in poetry form to photos that I feel calling for my attention. These photos are indeed dramatic. Thanks to my friend who captured these humble life back home.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Aviannovice, thanks so much! Cheers!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you billybuc! The pictures were piercing and I felt that I have to contribute something about what the pictures portrayed. My friend shot them in the Philippines. One woman on her banca "boat" as you can see had her hand extended and that is when coins were thrown at them.

      Thank for your kind compliments too! Have a good day!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Great poem. Dramatic photos. Thank you.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Perfect! Nature at its finest.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was beautiful! The pictures compliment your poem wonderfully...or the other way around. :) Well done!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you Cris! Wonderful pics shared by a friend and I have to make something out of it. Glad you find them beautiful! Cheers! Gotta hit and run...

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This is so beautiful! The pictures are so sharp that I could dive. Oh, the infinite wisdom and love of the Divine creator always provide. Voted Up and beautiful!