To His Eminence

A Speech on behalf of St Joseph Parish Youth
Delivered during the Official Reception of His Eminence, Cardinal Paini Mafi at the Catholic Mission, Niue on 23 August 2015

Greetings of love and jubilation to everyone here present especially to you, your Eminence, Cardinal Soane Patita Paini Mafi. It is my hope that you are well and feeling comfortably at home as we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the triumphant journey of the Catholic Faith here in Niue.

I am most elated and privileged to be standing here in front of you and the whole of St. Joseph Parish to speak to you on behalf of the “young and delicate” members of this parish. Certainly, everyone here present will agree with me in saying that this task is something one would classify as “quite a tough one” as it entails the responsibility of having a good and cohesive representation. I wish the expression “putting one’s self in the shoes of others” is something tangible and can be done literally as I would gladly do so; however, it is not. Hence, I will just do my best not to misrepresent them, the young and delicate, in this brief disquisition.

It is my wish to let you know that, like everyone else in this parish, the youth members are quite ecstatic and thrilled to have you on this beatific celebration. We are especially delighted to see you because we know that you are young and youthful yourself being the youngest of all Cardinals —certainly an idea that any of the young and delicate in this parish can hold on to as we know perfectly well what this entails, and yes, we know that there is no need to elaborate on this matter. Hence, your coming to this jubilation, your Eminence, is a grace from God and his eternal youthfulness. You bring inspiration especially to us, the “young and delicate.”

There has been a song written from the perspective of the youth. A song that highlights how the youth sees themselves in relation to the world. However, this song also speaks so much truth about our youthfulness and imminent role which serves as a good reminder of how much attention and nurturing we need in order to survive not just the brick walls of the past but also the now unavoidable perils that have been lurking in the dark alleys of our existence, waiting to get a chance at weakening our system and destroy us forever. The song goes…

We are the children of yesterday’s dream
We are the promise of the future we bring
Waving the banner of love to all
To every nation, the rich and the poor

We are a world of the restless and young
And we need a hand to guide us
Helping each other, build each other
As long we’re together you and me.

For together we stand, divided we fall
Together we climb to the top of the world
We can be what we want for the world to see
That we are the children of yesterday’s dream

This song portrays so much of idealism and bravery in our youthfulness. It speaks of our enthusiasm and readiness to do something great. This is our gift to the world, but this gift is not as strong as diamonds and unblemished as pearls. This gift is fragile and can easily be broken. It is therefore our hope that this gift be nurtured and cultivated every single day.

With those few words, your Eminence, again thank you for the gift of inspiration. I wish you all the best in this significant role the Lord has bestowed upon you. May He bless you always. Please remember us in your prayer, the youth and delicate.


In Your Loving Arms

I wrote this for my sister who’s getting married soon. She will be singing this on her wedding day. 🙂

There’s a place I hold dear in my heart
A place I truly treasure
For In this place
Here in this place
I can be myself
No masks, no blings, no scents
Just me to you

Yes there’s a place,
A place I hold dear in my heart
A place of comfort and joy
For in this place
My pains, my worries dissipate
I feel safe and secure in this loving embrace

Da ra ra rah…
Da ra ra rah…
In this place
Here in your loving arms,
I choose forever with you

So today, here in God’s place
I thank Him in my heart
For leading me to you
For every pain, for every joy
For every yesterday
Made possible tomorrows with you

© 2015 The Mockingbird in Me



“Niue Sky”

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ephemeral.”

© 2015 The Mockingbird in Me


Slow Down

I recently asked my students to write a poem, crafted to be performed in class. Here’s one poem that’s caught my attention. The subject of the poem is obviously me. I’m just blown away by the depth of the poem. At a young age, this student can see so much…

Jake, you’re full of life and raring to go
You never do or go anywhere slow
You always have hundreds of things to do
You never seem to have time for you

So slow down
Make things last
Or you’ll find your life
Goes by too fast

~ by Potato Chips

© 2015 The Mockingbird in Me

I am Thy River


Thanks to Dextop Nexus for the background photo.

Pick Me Up


I am a pencil.

I move, I glide, I scribble

to the Music of Your inspiration.

Hold me and lift me up.

Feel me,

Use me,

Spend me to your delight.

My life’s worth spent

the moment You pick me up.


© 2015 The Mockingbird in Me
*Photo taken from


Simple Pleasures #2

The Mockingbird in Me

cropped-575780_4919121860689_1178584931_n.jpgTo celebrate my 10th like here in WordPress, allow me to share this poem I wrote before. Hope you’ll find it refreshing.

Waking up early
Washing my face
Brushing my teeth
Going out for a walk

Feeling the fresh air
Enjoying the sight of the ocean
Seeing landscapes — lush and green
Smiling and waving at people
While listening to inspiring songs
Listening to God

Heart throbbing
Defying gravity
Gasping for air

Walking still
Praying still
Almost at the end
Ahhhh…a great sigh
How beautiful it is
To see the SUN dancing

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From This Moment on…

I promised another song, right? I actually did this last year, but I wasn’t so confident to show it here. Anyway, here’s “From This Moment On” by Ms Twain. I made a cover so I could send it to my mom who likes to listen to me singing. This is her favorite song, by the way. Enjoy.

The Drape


Mystic lines and shapes
Glorious shades of Earth and Sky
Share Thy gleaming truth


I received a card on Friday with this:

You laugh, you cry, and you work harder than you ever thought you could. Some days you’re trying to change the world and some days you’re just trying to make it through the day. Your wallet is empty, your heart is full, and your mind packed with memories of kids who changed your life. Just another day in the classroom. ~ Anonymous

Here’s another:

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