A poem to end the year, for Noche Vieja…”Old Night”… #poetry, #poem

(“Changes”, acrylic on canvas,20x30cm, by FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Stuck in the soles of my high heeled trainers,

as I walked up seventh avenue,

I found a little rock that reminded me of home.

In memories I travelled back to when…

I walked Manhattan, Montparnasse, and la Puerta del Sol,

strolled through Alexanderplatz, Las Ramblas and Gran Vía,

sat at la Plaza de Mayo, felt the breeze that warms Bombay

and crawled through the jungles of Guatemala,

then I let the sands from the Sahara burn my cares away…

And I stopped dreaming…

And I looked in the window of the shop that I was passing

and saw the reflection of one million souls that walked alone.

Hurrying to find warmth,

trying hard to believe,

with little more than a glance,

forcing their smiles as they grieve

for the many that we’ve left behind

who will find comfort in the shadows that surround us.

So please don’t turn on all the lights

or else the ghosts can’t find us…

Home is a thought an illusion,

the sidewalk is waving goodbye,

the little rock stuck in my trainers

has made me realise,

that nothing is less

and what little is more

it is more than is less for the better.

I’ll never find anything more worth believing in

than having the strength to ignore

all the foolish thoughts that

will drive me to want more, more and yet more.

After all we’re all children of changes…

The Old Night,

the New Dawn,

one’s right,

one’s gone…

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 31 DEC 2020, Valencia, Spain


  1. Mizou · December 31

    Thank you Francisco for sharing this. Happy New Year!

  2. spwilcen · December 31

    Well done, oh sleepless one. Abstractions daring one to personalize what is there and concrete. Thank you.

  3. ourcrossings · December 31

    May the New Year bring you happiness, peace, and prosperity. Wishing you a joyous 2021! Aiva 🙂

  4. Brad Osborne · January 1

    This is a beautiful piece Francisco! Rife with imagery and open expression that fills the words with a sense of being personal, as it speaks to what we find within them. In the analogy of a casual stroll, we find ourselves on a journey through the days behind and find the wonderous magic of the days ahead. The final lines close this out with a touch of grace and finality. Well written, my friend! One of my new favorites!

    • Thank you my good friend and brother! Sometimes, at the end of the year one tends to think back, perhaps too much. I appreciate your support always! All the best,

  5. magickmermaid · January 1

    One of your very best poems! Happy New Year, Francisco!

    • Thank you! Thank you very much! I really appreciate your visit, your time and knowing and that you liked it.

  6. tiffanyarpdaleo · January 1

    So well written, Francisco! Wishing you all the best in the new year!

  7. Henry Lewis · January 2

    A wonderful parting shot of 2020. Happy to discover your site!

    • Thank you! I truly appreciate it and look forward to your site as well. Greetings from Spain,

  8. markbierman · January 2

    A wonderful poem of reflection, Francisco!

  9. Outosego · January 10

    So nice and beautiful. Liked & Shared, dear Sir. Thank you.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · January 10

      Thank you very very much! All the best and greetings from Spain,

      • Outosego · January 10

        You’re most welcome, Francisco. Greetings to you and Spain.

  10. frederick anderson · January 12

    Reblogged this on Frederick Anderson's Story Blog and commented:
    Now and then (not often) you find a poem that really resonates. This is just such a discovery. From Francisco Bravo Cabrera, a talented artist who, it seems, has so many talents! Please do visit his blog.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · January 12

      Thank you very much Frederick. I am humbled by your words and I appreciate it greatly. All the best to you,

  11. frederick anderson · January 12

    Love this! Reblogged – which I hope you won’t mind – on Frederick Anderson’s Story Blog.

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