I’ve Been…

(“Self Portrait 2009, acrylic on canvas 40x50cm Private Collection Belgium, photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

I’ve been a cat on thousands of rooftops,

without an owner,

without a home,

no one to care for, I’m a loner,

searching for a bird to hunt…

But you live in Chicago

where I was Al Capone…

Your life’s become a taxi,

and I’m the streets of New York…

I’ve hunted you in India,

chased you round the Cape of No Hope,

as a mean faced pirate captain

on a ship of skull and bones…

All and all, it’s all the same,

I don’t complain,

I’ve not such a vice…

I live to gain

some satisfaction….

I cooked you rice and beans in Shangrila…

while you crossed Niagara Falls on a small raft

and we both drank whiskey sours every morning

while the Queen was in mourning…

I’ve been the skin

of a thousand men,

I’ve been the thorn on the rose

that ripped your flesh

and you’re the fragrance of the humid earth,

with tearful eyes you watched

as she gave birth

to nothing…

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 26 MAR 2020, Valencia, Spain

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  1. glitzyritzymommy · 12 Days Ago

    Love it! 😘❤

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 12 Days Ago

      Hello Nichole, I’ve missed you lately! Anyways, hope you’re well, fine and safe. Take good care, It’s wine time (7pm) in Spain, so it’s time to raise a good red from Valencia to your health, mine and everyone’s…love from Spain, ci parliamo ragazza, state bene! baci e salut!

      • glitzyritzymommy · 12 Days Ago

        Missed you too!! Catch up time!! Wine is good for the heart and best shared among friends and lovers 😉
        Ti Amo baci baci
        Love you spain from the sparkles from the USA

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 12 Days Ago

        Anche tu, cara amica 😊🌷🌷🌷

      • glitzyritzymommy · 12 Days Ago

        Bell’uomo il tuo una tesoro…baci 😘

  2. beachah · 12 Days Ago

    Who is “I” and who is “you”? That is the question. Love the word game here or the personification of prowling.

  3. Visionariekind · 12 Days Ago

    beautiful had me on the edge of my seat!

  4. macalder02 · 12 Days Ago

    Sin ligar a dudas que tienes el cuadro cerrado Francisco. Muy buenos tus poemas y las pinturas son de la mejores. Sigo disfrutando de tus pinturas.
    Saludos y cuídate

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 12 Days Ago

      Hola Manuel y muchísimas gracias. Me alegran tus palabras porque se que son de un poeta que mucho admiro y respeto. Un abrazo mi querido amigo, de España en cuarentena

  5. ourcrossings · 12 Days Ago

    Fantastic poem, Francisco, absolutely love it. Greetings from Ireland, we finally had a chance to escape to the beach to watch a sunset and go for a walk with no one else around. I’m so glad we are still allowed one walk a day, and after a week at home, which actually wasn’t that bad, I was happy to be out in the nature. Thanks for sharing and good evening 😊 Aiva xxx

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 12 Days Ago

      Great Aiva! I cannot wait until we’re allowed out! But I’m so glad you were able to do that! Enjoy but be careful and stay safe. With love and hopes for a healthy and peaceful tomorrow from Valencia in quarantine,

      • ourcrossings · 11 Days Ago

        Thanks so much! We are always very careful. Although, where we live in Sligo, there’s nothing but empty fields and rural roads 😊

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 11 Days Ago

        I know, I remember the pictures, a lovely place. Better like that, away from crowds which can be dangerous. Enjoy Sligo and the weekend. It’s raining in Valencia but that makes being indoors more tolerable. Take good care my friend 😊

  6. Excellent! and beautifully well expressed. I felt the flow along with the jazz of beat to your rhythm of words. 🙂

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 11 Days Ago

      Great! Thank you! I am really glad you liked it and felt it’s jazz! Really appreciate your reply my friend, my greetings and all the best from Spain 🇪🇸

      • You are welcome my friend.

        Say, how are you guys holding up over there?

        Here in L.A. its crazy.

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 11 Days Ago

        My pleasure friend 😊… thank you for asking, we are going into the 14th day of quarantine, we’re allowed to go to supermarket/pharmacy only, but we’re doing good, people are being disciplined and responsible so I hope we’ll all come through this stronger and perhaps better humans. 😊 How about you? Which country? UK? US? Hope things get better there too. Take good care and all the best, greetings from Spain 🇪🇸

      • I’m glad everyone is being responsible and showing disciplined through these dark events.

        My girlfriend and I, are doing well. Just doing self-isolation and practicing social distance when we go to the supermarket/Pharmacy.

        Us humans will come through stronger and hopefully show more compassion towards mother nature. I’m from US/Los Angeles California.

        Take care as well my friend. 🙂

        P.S I don’t know if you missed my recent post from this Wednesday. Check it out. It’s fun.

  7. jonicaggiano · 11 Days Ago

    This is pure music, a mystical ride on a rollercoaster of another’s wild, rich yet lonely life. So beautiful, this is my favorite poem of yours so far Francisco. Your exotic words takes us so many places and has so much emotion. Bravo! Stay safe, blessed and healthy my friend. Love from Joni

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 11 Days Ago

      Thank you so much Joni. I greatly appreciate your words of encouragement, support and love which come from the heart, the heart of a beautiful person. I am so glad you liked that poem. I had been working on it for a long, long time…you too, stay safe, blessed and healthy! Love from recuperating Spain!

      • jonicaggiano · 11 Days Ago

        I know just read things are settling down. What a blessing. Your poem is really something. So is your self portrait. We just loved it. The two sides to the man. You are so gifted. Continue to be very safe and hugs from NC. 🤗😘

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 11 Days Ago

        Thank you Joni! Thank you so much. Yes, things are settling down, we have reached our peak and cases are going down steadily. This is our 13th day of quarantine and we’ve 14 more to go…but I know it is for the better good and it is our duty to obey and stay home. I go to the supermarket (we are allowed to do that) every three or four days to make sure we’ve everything we need and I always thank the cashiers and clerks there because their function is hard in these times and it is worth appreciating one hundredfold. Thank you and your husband and I am so very happy that you liked the poem and the painting…Hugs from Valencia

  8. tiffanyarpdaleo · 11 Days Ago


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