#poetry, «Prelude to Emotions»

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This blind man can’t find fire in the ashes

cold and dry,

no goodbyes, no more desire,

this is the night before our day

and while we listen to far away sky rumbling,

orphan thunder in the sky

whose lightning won’t penetrate

a rotten heart that soon will die,

we’re waiting in the waiting room of


like a fish dying in the sand…

C.2022, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 19 AUG 2022, Valencia, España.

«Emotions» is a group of poems I am compiling, re-writing, revising and even composing. This is the prelude, in other words, what will set the mood, if you please.

I just want to clarify that this poem, as well as all my poetry, has nothing to do with me or my life, ambitions, desires, emotions or will. It is not natural, in other words, it does not express a raw, human emotion.

It cannot. There are no words that one can use to write real, human, raw emotions. A raw emotion would sound like this: AAAAAAGGGGRRRRRRHHH…

No, this poem, like all poetry, even yours, is not natural, it is contrived. It is artifice. It is an artistic re-creation of the memory of an emotion or of the thought of one, or one researched or borrowed from someone else. You have heard that good artists borrow from others, but great artists steal. Well what that means is that you appropriate but you don’t plagiarise, you make it yours, authentic and particular. It is like that when writing about and of emotions.

Art is a human creation, it is not a natural phenomenon. And talent is not a genetic trait, it is developed. Poetry, like all art forms, is created through the use of craft (which you must study to acquire) and talent. Talent is the result of hard work and much practice. We’ve all heard of that saying: «Good writing is re-writing», well the poet tries to trick you into thinking that the «masterpiece» he/she created just flowed spontaneously from her/his hands, while in truth, there were many hours of perfecting, selecting, editing and re-writing. But it has to be that way if it is going to be considered art.


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22 Comentarios

  1. vermavkv dice:

    Beautiful art with the excellent elaboration of feeling about the artist and his emotions.

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    1. Good morning Sir and thank you! Have a great day and weekend!

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  2. Cassa Bassa dice:

    ‘A raw emotion would sound like this: AAAAAAGGGGRRRRRRHHH…’ 😂

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    1. Something like that I would say… cheers Cassa.

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  3. Brad Osborne dice:

    As a fellow poet, I could not have said this better. Writing, especially poetry, is a long uphill climb full of practice, experimentation, learning, and devotion to the craft. It is only at the top of the hill that people seem to think it is a unique talent. Well said, my dear friend! I love the phrase «orphan thunder».

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    1. Thank you so much Brad, my brother, I really appreciate it and yes, you are right and I fully agree. Have a great Saturday and all the best!

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  4. beth dice:

    so much emotion here –

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    1. The main ingredient of poetry… Thank you Beth!

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      1. equipsblog dice:

        Salud, amigo!

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  5. equipsblog dice:

    Interesting observation, Francisco. I like the AAAAAAGGGGRRRRRRHHH… Not sure I totally agree with you and we could both be correct for our own reaction to what we read and/or write.

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    1. Thank you Pat, we all don’t have to agree, it’s a big world out there and everyone’s point of view has a place and is valid. All the best.

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      1. equipsblog dice:

        Thanks, Francisco. Keep creating!

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      2. You’re welcome Pat, will do, no day off for the weary in need of wine 🍷 time! (At 1930 hours this afternoon!🌝!

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  6. KK dice:

    Lovely artwork! An awesome poem! And yes, I agree what you have said.

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    1. Thank you so much KK, I truly appreciate your words! Have a great weekend! All the best!

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      1. KK dice:

        You’re more than welcome!

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  7. Isha Chawla dice:

    Beautiful ❤️👌🌻

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    1. Thank you so much Isha! I truly appreciate your kind replies.

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