Originally posted on Palabras y Café:

Lasting and still
Ready for new moments
With an inflamed heart
I reach out to you
Come, and tell me your name again
Do you remember sitting here with me
The bench
Near the theater
Loafers and argyle socks
The ones with blue and gray
The colors of your heart
I did all I could to reach you, I thought
But nothing appeared to work
A cold response greeted me by the window each and every time

You knocked on my door
To deliver a goodbye
But I was not home
A message in a bag is where I found you
A tied up bag with a few memories
All returned to a new glory

The five year mark has come and gone
And we are still, here
With nowhere to go
I’ll wait a while longer
I have a new penguin for you
I know they are…

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Disagree if you must
But do not hate

Turn the page when you are done
However, do not forget what you have read

Engulf in fury when you feel the need
But do not remain there

Weep when you can
But never hold your breath

Leave and search for new lands
But do not forget where you came from

Hurt because of the pain
But do not allow for it to happen again

Thrive in life at every possible moment
But do not forget to take a ride in the clouds

By Elizabeth Mendiola
Copyright 2014


A Man and His Ocean

Originally posted on Palabras y Café:

A Man and His Ocean

Pablo Neruda wrote lavishly about love, skin, desire, heartache, moments of triumph, and raw romance, among so much else. His enthralling written work in reverence to the ocean immediately captivated me, no doubt. I have read and re-read his immaculate, tantalizing works of art, which have no stain of cliché whatsoever . I can honestly feel myself near this ocean he writes so eloquently about; I feel my feet, being gently caressed  by the waves of passion and sometimes, remorse —- the ocean changes. The waves can change into a love I once knew and remember so well, fast-forwarding to the Love I know and cherish today, and there is always a scent of familiarity present in the room of my mind; like your favorite guest who is charmingly, on time. I’m always saddened when he has to go.

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To Care Less is Careless

Leave everything better than you found it, including people.
I believe this to be true.
Even when it costs a little more than you can chew.
It’s simply easier to be kind, is what I’ve discovered. We all know those who can practice this just a tiny bit more, yes? To care for another human being should come as second nature. It shouldn’t require such pro-longed, intricate thought. However, this time around in life I witness apathy everywhere, and I mean everywhere. It’s present at work, in our schools, grocery stores, – you name it, apathy is there. And it seems to have become a popular thing, if you will. “Congratulations, you are our new apathetic winner!” “Apathy for sale! Buy one and receive another absolutely free!”
Where are our hearts and how can we get them back….to feeling, something, once again?

Identify it.

Elizabeth Mendiola

You Love

When everything is going right
You love

When all is well
You love

When you are hurting and none oblige
You love

When you simply cannot take it anymore
You love

When all else fails and everyone leaves
You love

When you walk alone
In the storm
You love

When home is no longer a home
You love

When dreams wither through
You love

When air becomes stale and there’s none avail
You love

When your greatest strength is dipped in weakness
You love

When rejection is a common friend
You love

When faith gives you face
You love

You love
And you love again

By Elizabeth Mendiola
Copyright 2014