Cadent Displacement

26 Mar

Taken at the beach of Costa de Oro

Shaded within the trees, nature’s noises, a tranquil soundtrack
A moment’s reflection on a short time, relaxing in an idyllic locale
Sea lapping at the shore, rhythmically punctuates the stillness
Aimless thoughts – no rush – peace; and a cool fruit drink

High above the industrious city, a cacophony of blaring gradually filters up
Life, here thick in smog and noise, a seething mass of kinetic energy
The full force of being in all its verve, the ebb and flow of traffic and people
The purpose in mind means everything, focus, dry throat


Finally found the football stadium, hidden behind some tall residential buildings. Photo taken from Century Park Hotel, Manila


Posted by on 26/03/2018 in My Writings, Poetry, The Philippines, Travel


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25 responses to “Cadent Displacement

  1. Clare Pooley

    26/03/2018 at 07:03

    Nice photos and great word pictures, Ste J! Glad you’ve found the football stadium 🙂


    • Ste J

      26/03/2018 at 07:07

      It was quite by accident, I was just pointing at random asking ‘what’s that?’at every building and struck lucky. Hopefully that should be kicking off soon so I can enjoy a bit of what I know in person.

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  2. Jill Weatherholt

    26/03/2018 at 17:03

    Finding the football stadium is indeed a must. 🙂 Great shots, Ste J!


    • Ste J

      26/03/2018 at 17:14

      Haha, thank you. Now that I have the football, coffee, and bookshop sorted, I feel right at home.


  3. Seyi Sandra

    26/03/2018 at 18:22

    It’s just so refreshing reading from a great mind! How are you old friend?


    • Ste J

      26/03/2018 at 18:34

      A great mind, ah my friend, you are kind. I will keep learning and experiencing and always look to better myself, maybe then I will have a great mind. I am good and very grateful for the humble electric fan. I hope you are keeping well?

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      • Seyi Sandra

        26/03/2018 at 21:19

        I’m trying to be well. You do know you have an inquisitive mind and that equals to greatness my friend. I’m still off work, longer than I expected, but strictly on doctor’s orders. I’ll catch up with you soon on PM, loads to discuss.
        Do have a great week!


        • Ste J

          27/03/2018 at 07:08

          You put your health first, you can’t do anything without your health, if you need anything, just let me know. Inquisitiveness is the key to civilisation, it allows us to discover so much and I am happy to read all about it and discuss it, of course! Always up for a PM, my friend but your health first, please!

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  4. shadowoperator

    26/03/2018 at 18:47

    You must now learn Tagalog, so as to be able to do a little of everything. Lovely photos. Maybe your next poems will be in Tagalog, who knows?


    • Ste J

      26/03/2018 at 19:00

      I don’t think my skills will be up to a dual translation yet but it is something I would like to do in the future, to dual post, or at least have a button that will show my translations. I look forward to speaking Tagalog fluently and then impressing the locals with my not just a rubbish foreigner who hasn’t learnt much of the language, credentials of the moment.


  5. Jilanne Hoffmann

    27/03/2018 at 13:58

    These two quotes give me a bit of whiplash.


    • Ste J

      27/03/2018 at 14:00

      They are incisive, I like to return to them often. If I choose to live by the highest standards, as we all should aim to do, Hitchens is always one of the go to people for pointers.

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  6. Resa

    28/03/2018 at 03:57

    Sounds like a sweet new life, Ste J!!!


    • Ste J

      02/04/2018 at 06:44

      It has its moments my friend. I prefer being away from Manila but there is always beauty and the weekends are wonderful!


  7. LuAnn

    28/03/2018 at 22:56

    Love your poem Ste J. Always happy to see what creativity is tumbling around in that brain of yours. 🙂


    • Ste J

      02/04/2018 at 06:32

      Thank you! It does take its time to get going but I enjoy the occasional jaunt into my poetic side.

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  8. Carolyn Page

    29/03/2018 at 05:15

    I like both, Ste J. A tranquil soundtrack and a cacophony of blaring gradually filters up
    Life. I could certainly do without the smog, though.
    I live and love in a rather calm, countrified area of Oz, however; I always enjoy the hustle and bustle of major cities, too. I don’t know that I could live forever amongst the focus and close bodies entangling. But, excitement does have its place…


    • Ste J

      02/04/2018 at 07:08

      Thank you. It’s nice for a visit to the big cities but I enjoy being outside for the main. People watching is nice and the choice of restaurants but I miss my trees and quiet times otherwise. Maybe one day I could live near the beach, now that would be lovely!

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  9. macjam47

    29/03/2018 at 19:10

    Great photos. Your words paint the contrasts beautifully! Now. is that a football stadium or soccer stadium? 🤣🤣🤣


    • Ste J

      02/04/2018 at 06:36

      I have been using both to be on the safe side as the Americanised language of the country is a factor but people here call it football so that makes me happy, or perhaps they are just being polite in case they offend the englishman haha.

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  10. Sheila

    03/04/2018 at 04:50

    Beautiful poem – I love the pairing of opposites while showing the beauty of both. I’m pretty sure I’d rather be where the sea is lapping the shore, listening to nature.


    • Ste J

      03/04/2018 at 06:16

      Thank you. The sea definitely wins but if I must be in Manila, I always try to find something to make the trip a worthwhile experience and there is beauty everywhere, it’s just finding it sometimes.

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