Special Post 😉

My sincerest thanks to Introverted Ela for nominating Jar of Poetry for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Having recently followed her site on WP, I’m definitely keeping an eye on her work. It’s simple yet profound in many ways and I look forward to watching her grow on this platform.

I know that it can be intimidating when you nominate someone for something—okay, it’s nerve-wracking. So, in the spirit of her courage, I will be more than happy to answer her questions. I apologize but I will not be nominating anyone. Like many sites on this platform, I too have decided to steer clear of awards because what I do is fun to me. And if you like it, that’s the best award I can ever ask for.

So, without further ado, here are Ela’s questions 😁

  1. What is your favorite song?

My “Go-to” song is Hysteria by Nano. I also love the works of Chopin when I’m writing.

2. Have you ever been in the Philippines?

No, I haven’t but I grew up with most of my friends being Filipino on Guam and the food is amazing.

3. Cat or dog?

Easy, cats without a doubt!

4. What book inspired you the most?

The Giver by Lois Lowry

5. What book changed your perceptions about life?

All my textbooks I received while going to school. It was a hobby of mine to learn more about the world (Bucket List Item #33: Visit The Human Library in Copenhagen, Denmark to learn about life)

6. Thriller or love story?

Thriller…definitely thriller.

7. Dream place to visit?

Anywhere with great street food and music.

8. What are the things you love to do aside from writing?

Besides snacking and napping? 🤔 Reading, gaming, documentary binging, paddle boarding, cooking, playing my ukulele and guitar, traveling (currently on hold), hiking/backpacking, karaoke driving, and getting lost in rhetorical questions.

9. What is your favorite coffee flavor?

Dark roast. I’m still a sailor at heart and I have to have my coffee strong.

10. Favorite movie?

Jaws (Bucket List Item #84: Cage diving with a great white)

11. What are the three things you have beside you when you sleep?

Notebook, mechanical pencil, and my ukulele

Thank you again Ela for nominating JOP. I and many others wish you the very best on WordPress. 😊

Half-Silvered Mirror

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Reading poetry,
only a few have broken
the Forth Wall.
When they do,
I feel the tears in me dry...
The friend I need at that moment
and the advice that’s so subtle,
it’s more than welcoming.
Because I know
without its words,
I’m not ashamed at how I feel
for someone has written their survival.

While some can manage this,
most are naïve—
admiring themselves
in the half-silvered mirror
they call your eyes.


Destined for adversity,
her crimson wings
burn wildly as she takes flight.
She takes to the sky
in her coal-colored dress—
turning flaws to ash,
freeing herself from the tears
that try to extinguish her.

Most have tried to
tame her flame,
only adding to its inferno.
And like a butterfly,
she’s admired
when she passes by—
scorching hearts and minds,
advocating change in our lives.

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