#poem, «The Spark»

(Photography by Francisco Bravo Cabrera/Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia/All Rights Reserved)


Because the world is full of selfish laughter,
I truly hope the Earth won’t cry.
Because the waters have been filled with man’s atrocities,
I truly hope the Seas won’t dry.
Because the fires have consumed a million trees, a million acres,
I truly hope Nature won’t die.
Because the smoke has filled the winds with ash and filth,
I truly hope that we won’t die.

A voice breaks through the silence of the dawn,
an alternative to laughter…
A word attempts to form upon the crest of waves,
a syllable struggles between the white and blue…
And bodies crumble as the flames grow faster,
while a melody breaks through with fury…
A tiny mouth, a tiny smile will brave the smoke and ash,
amidst the ruins, among the ghosts…

And now I see the shadows forming,
shadows in eternal darkness coming
to frighten those forgotten in the smoke, the fire, or the laughter.
Voices in the fires, voices in the trees, voices in the breeze,
they penetrate each pore and shine
like candles in cathedrals.

is alive with pomp and fulgor and in love with pleasure,
with your skin,
with wine,
while I reach, with withered hands spread skyward for a lantern in the night
for luck to win your mercy,
for rhymes to win your heart,
for that smallest, tiny particle of life beyond imagination,
the spark…

C.2022, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 04 APR 2023, València, España

19 Comentarios

  1. Cassa Bassa dice:

    This is a very powerful piece of poetry. It’s a outcry of hurt, anguish and disappointment.

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  2. beth dice:

    mighty words, here –

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  3. Brad Osborne dice:

    Wonderful piece of poetry, my friend! Visually powerful and emotionally tense. I love the form and free flowing cadence. You continue to surprise me with your linguistic gifts!

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    1. Thank you so much my friend. I am honoured and humbled by your words, greatly valued and appreciated. All the best.

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  4. equipsblog dice:

    Hope we never lose that spark. Powerful poem.

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    1. Hope not. Thank you so much Pat. All the best.

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  5. Beautiful artwork and poem!

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    1. Thank you so much Dawn! Have a Happy Easter! And all the best.

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      1. Thank you, Francisco, blessings to you, too!

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      2. Happy Easter 🐣

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  6. Such beautiful words of your heart so well expressed Francis. Happy Easter! 💞

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    1. Thank you so much Cindy! Happy Easter to you too!

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      1. You’re so welcome Francis and thank you so much! 💞

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