Postcards from Saint-Malo

If you never say goodbye to the best things in your life there are things you don’t appreciate at all.

Lighthouse Family

Smell the sea and feel the sky.

Van Morrison

There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.

Victor Hugo

It’s hard to tell the difference between sea and sky, between voyager and sea. Between reality and the workings of the heart.

Haruki Murakami

Photos : Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Paloma

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Sweet paloma
Has lost her wings
And her own heart is into pieces
The sky is no longer blue
Even the wind has gone away
Broken dreams
The whole world is against her
But she keeps struggling
Every day
Silence is a strength
Joy can be found through darkness
No time for regrets
No space for sadness
Fly paloma
One day you will be high.

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Strawberries field

We cry in silence
We lost our guidance
We need sweetness
And a hint of happiness
The world has gone crazy
And human beings are too lazy
To keep fighting for their rights
Violence exploses like dynamite
We should pray instead
For those who are already dead
We need to have faith and hope
And trust the Almighty above
Everything happens for a reason
And bad things won’t last the whole season
So, let’s stay together
Today, tomorrow, forever!

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

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All we need is love

Reprise

Photo : Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Accept the difference
Embrace the unknown
Step out from your comfort zone
Be the inspiration
Forgive yourself
Give without anything in return
Don’t lose hope
Keep the faith
Avoid great expectations
Enjoy simple things
Believe in miracles
Follow your dreams
And above all
Love unconditionally.

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

F.A.M.I.L.Y.

International Family Day

F amily always comes first
A ll together we reach the stars
M oments to be cherished and shared
I incandescent faith and hope
L et go of your fears and be happy
Y ielding ties and connecting every day.

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Lost and Found

Reprise

When my soul was in the lost and found you came along and clame it.

Carole King
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My life was predictable
Every day was a long peaceful river
Without mistakes or surprises
No saturday fever
No layz Sundays
No hussle, no fights
Each step was calculated
Each word was measured
Suddenly…
You came along
And everything changed
In a blink of an eye
I felt desire under my deep skin
I saw the sun through your smile
The stars and the moon were on my side
Then, I realised
Before meeting you
I was already dead
Burying myself alive
You saved me
I love you
Two souls, one destiny
May we be bonded
Until eternity.

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Keep the faith

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For the past twenty years I missed births, engagements, weddings, birthdays…
That’s part of the package of living away from our own country.
I don’t regret my choices.
Wandering around the world has given me so much!
And I love all the countries where I’ve lived so far.
Little did I know that the worst was yet to come.
2020 was a dreadful year for many different reasons.
Unfortunately, 2021 has been a tough one too.
And what can I say about 2022?
When we all thought that the nightmare was behind us this cruel war broke out.
It’s all a matter of seconds.
Oil, gas and cereals too.
While this mad man tries to regain the lost(?) empire
The rest of the world is obsessed with the rise of the prices for essential goods.
As if money were more important than a human life.
I think God is challenging us.
Everything happens for a reason.
So they say…
I often miss my family and friends but now is different.
The guilt keeps chasing me.
I should be there.
Lately, my life is a frame of suppositions.
A puzzle of missing pieces.
And time is my most feared enemy.
I’ll get there, eventually.


Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Epilogue

Reprise

Photo : Paul Laurent Bressin

Save your words
Unless you mean it
If we think too much of the end
We’ll never start
Step by step, we’ll get there
Where?
I have no idea!
Life is an endless path
Take your time
You might need it
And when you’re ready
You know I’ll be here
Together, we’ll get it through
And what if is not over?
Relax, it just means it’s not the finale yet.

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Jeopardy

Reprise

Shall I stay or shall I go?
Shall I hide or shall I show?
Shall I say or shall I silence?
Shall I listen or shall I ignore?
Shall I wait or shall I move on?
Shall I live in the past or shall I run into the future?
Shall I care or shall I dare?
Shall I be unique or shall I compare?
Shall I do or shall I don’t?
Shall I be the guide or shall I be guided?
Shall I love or shall I be loved?
Shall I fall or shall I fly?
Shall I laugh or shall I cry?
Shall I be strong or shall I break into pieces?
Shall I give up or shall I resist?
Shall I erase myself or shall I exist?
Life is not always a long, peaceful road
Not everything is either black or white
We should enjoy the present
Because now is ephemeral
And this moment belongs to the past already.

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Photos : Paul Laurent Bressin






Stardust

Reprise

Photo : Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Where do you go when you are feeling blue?
Does anyone care about you?
Who do you have when you need a hug?
Do you sometimes feel like a real slug?
What if tomorrow never comes?
And the days are all the same?
Close your eyes
No more sentences and lies
Take a deep breath
Your whole body needs a rest
And your soul too
Your friends are just a few
But they will always be there for you.

Filipa Moreira da Cruz