Twilight

Humans are weird
They waste time on trifles
And they forget that life is made of simple things
Sometimes, the hardest to learn is the least complicated.

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Photos : Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Oh happy days!

Reprise

A walk through the clouds
Flying high like a bee
A stroll in the forest
Having fun like a fox
A bath under the sun
Like a happy lizard
A picnic with the family
Like we used to do
Fresh grass under my feet
Fragrant flowers on my hair
And a smile on my face
Oh happy days!

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Photos : Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Hard as a rock

Don’t worry about me
Just wait and see
I’m as hard as a rock
Always around the clock
My spirit is sharpen
And my body protected by an iron curtain
Family and friends are my safe haven
Keep dreaming you’re in heaven
I’ll protect the ones I love…always
Life sends me signs in mysterious ways
I embrace the unknown
Because I am as hard as a stone.

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Photos : Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Shadows

Before going to school
Before taking the bus to work
Before the town awakens
Before all the noise and fuss
Before the warm sun heats me
Before the waves swallow the sand
Before the seals fly over the coast
Before the moon kisses the sun
Before the shadows dissipate
Before the whole day takes me
I’m enjoying the silence.

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Photos : 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

Keep the faith

Photo : Filipa Moreira da Cruz

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.


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The yellow house

Reprise

Photo : Paul Laurent Bressin

Everytime she was feeling blue
She thought of good old times in the yellow house
When winters were cold and bitter
She kept dreaming of the yellow house
If she was scared of something
She thought she was in the yellow house
Whenever she missed her loved ones
She looked at the pictures of the yellow house
If life was too hard on her
She snapped her fingers and pretended she was in the yellow house
In case the moon wouldn’t show up
She would think of the bright yellow wall that covered her house
The one where she was born, got married, gave birth and buried her husband
The house that welcomed her family, friends, pets and memories
All her life remains in the silence of the yellow house
« One day I will go back », she often said
But days became weeks and the weeks became months
Months turned into years and then…
Her hair went grey and her bones shrank
She got sick, she knew her time had come
When she saw the angel opening his arms
She closed her eyes and whispered
« Please, take me home to my yellow house. »

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Lockdown

Reprise

Photo : KaDDD

How do you feel today?
I feel tired, anxious, weird, afraid and lonely
Fair enough…You’re experiencing a new situation

But be reasonable
Concentrate on good things

You’re alive and healthy
You have a roof above your head
You may dance in the kitchen if you want to
You have food
You have water to drink and also to take a shower
You have lot’s of toilet paper!
You have internet connection, a smartphone, a PC and a television
You have books, maybe some of them you don’t even knew they were there
You have friends and family
You have time

So, how do you feel today?
Grateful!

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Going home for Christmas

Tomorrow, I’ll be flying away. Crossing the deep blue ocean. Sharing my secrets with the cotton clouds.
The last time we were all together for Christmas was 10 years ago. My youngest daughter was a baby. Time really flies!
These pictures are even older. They were taken before filters became fashionable. They remind me Lisbon. Home. Family ties. Unconditional love.
Four brothers and sisters, living in four different countries, will meet again where it all began. And they will bring their own families. We’ll speak four languages again.
We will laugh and cry. Of that I’m sure! Because we know the clock is ticking. And this might be our last chance. Sometimes the best is not yet to come. It’s just here and now.
I’ll be offline during a week, at least. Away from the internet and into flesh-and-blood relationships. I will miss you but I’ll be busy hugging and kissing my dear siblings.
I wish you all Happy Holidays! Wherever you are and whoever you are with… Make the best of it! Take care. Be safe. Be happy.

Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Photos : Filipa Moreira da Cruz

Happy birthday… to me!

44 years of ups and downs
The Earth keeps turning around
Friends and family are my rock
And they know what I’m made of
I’m grateful for all I have
Moving forward step by step
Joyful days, blissful nights
I keep chasing my own lights
Every detail is a poem
In a perfect tandem
Sometimes things don’t work out
That’s what life is all about
Meanwhile, l shall have fun
Because yesterday is already gone
Happy birthday to me
Living wild and free!

Filipa Moreira da Cruz