The Lonely Boat


“What am I without you?”
The boat says to the sea.
“Bring back the tide,
make me alive.
I beseech thee.”

Bring back the tide
Let me ride your waves
Toss me to and fro
Throw me up high
Then splash me down hard into your waiting arms.

Bring back the tide,
Pull me out of the dock!
I’d rather face the peril
of being whipped
by the mighty waves of your love
Than left alone moored in the lonely sands of memory.


Teacher-Writer-Advocate for Self-improvement M, A, and D are the initials of my two first names (Massuline and Antonio) and my mother's family name (Dupaya). Ligaya (a Filipino word which means happiness in English) is my family name. MAD is actually one of my nicknames aside from Tony and Ching. My full name is Massuline Antonio Dupaya Ligaya. Many times I was asked the question "Why do you write?" I don't write for material rewards nor adulation. When I write poems, stories, and essays, when I do research, the process of creating them gives me immense joy and seeing them completed brings me great satisfaction. I don't write for cash incentives, "likes," and "praises." I would be thankful should I get those but the happiness and sense of fulfillment I get while doing them and completing my works are my real rewards. Is teaching difficult? No! When I teach, I don't work but I play. My educational philosophy - "The classroom is my playground, the students are my playmates, and the subject is our toy." I am a lifelong learner too. My daily goal is to be better than I was yesterday. It's difficult, but it's worth the try. It's not for what I get from doing it but for what I become. Proud to be me! Proud to be a FILIPINO! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Posted on September 12, 2019, in Creative Writing, Poetry, Tula and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It is great.
    Thank you for following my posts.
    For collaborating, text me on my Email or Skype which are on my website.
    Hoping you are happy there.

    Best wishes

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks a lot.

      Collaboration? Why not! Let’s see in the future. I just need to finish certain commitments that made my plate full for a couple of months.

      Of course I am happy. With people advocating what both of us are trying to advocate – positive thinking (or however we call it) – we’re suppose to define our own happiness and allow nothing to demolish our inner peace. There are just times that when our feelings get pricked by something we see (or hear), we express the emotions through prose or poetry. But as soon as we finish the piece and take off our heads the prosist’s or the poet’s hat then we can go back to our normal selves.


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