(Amphitheatre of Ephesus, photo by FBC)

I wanted to build you the greatest theatre of all,

where your voice would reach into everyone’s soul,

where your movements, so graceful,

and your talent,

would shine like the sun in the east.

I am the motivation,

you are the reason.

I paved the road walked.

You own the feathers that provide the lift

in the wings of lonely birds,

that fly without ever questioning where or why

things happen or things don’t.

And I’m the smoke that rises

from the cigarette that you discarded.

And the theatre that I had dreamed for you

I built for someone else.

And up there in the highest cloud,

in the most glorious place that I could find

above the sea, up in the sky,

is where I’ll leave you to decide your future.

In the stage that I created,

a new voice has now stated

that in the clouds she’s heard

from you,

no sound…

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 29 JUN 2020, Valencia, Spain

INSTAGRAM: @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

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  1. nitinsingh · January 31, 2020

    Lovely , beautiful thought 🙂🙂🙏

  2. jonicaggiano · January 31, 2020

    I’m the smoke that rises. Very nice and the photograph is amazing. I wonder how many people filled those rows during an event? Such a massive under taking. Have a great weekend. Love 💕 J

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · January 31, 2020

      Thank you Joni, yes that amphitheatre is amazing and it must seat about 5.000 people! Incredible what they did in antiquity! All the best to you and love from Spain,

  3. Anna Waldherr · February 4, 2020

    Lovely. I particularly liked your choice of photo to accompany this poem. Like the poem, it speaks of past glories. I happen to love history, especially Roman.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · February 4, 2020

      Thank you Anna, I am so happy you liked it and the photo. The photo I took in the ruins of Ephesus…me too, I love Roman history and Greek as well.

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