A Poem for A Monday in Valencia: “I’ve Heard Your Voice”

(Photography by FBC, property of Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia 2021)

I’ve heard your voice…

I’ve heard your voices.

(I’m strong and I’m a rebel, your voice I’ll never hear.)

I know your vile intention,

to crucify the man within,

to rub away creation.

You’ve carved a path beneath my skin

and travelled through by blood,

attempting to destroy my spirit

you’ve dragged me through the mud.

But you know I’ve a secret weapon,

something you ignore,

I wasn’t born of flesh and bone,

and you I won’t adore.

(I am a soldier I’ve been well trained)

You won’t silence my revolution,

I will settle the score,

I’ve been around the block like you,

I’ve done all this before.

The things you teach,

the things you say

to lie, confuse and conquer,

I’ll turn them round

the other way

they’ll last as long as thunder,

that one minute is strong and loud

and fast the next forgotten,

so will your vile intentions now

end up like dreams you’ve broken.

I stand before all those I love,

to love them and to tell them,

that words are cheap

when they become

icons that we remember.

So…

I’ve heard your voice,

pathetic sounds,

resounding in the void,

it sounds like nothing that I love and all that I avoid…

(pause)

We are standing on the other side of the river,

no bridges now to let us be

one with each other.

But we must see,

that time is something that will set us free,

that truth is written for these hard times,

the prophets spoke,

the children cried,

and I won’t ever be satisfied

without a smile…

C.2021, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 05 APR 2021, Valencia, España

18 comments

  1. MichaelStephenWills · 15 Days Ago

    Who are you addressing, Francisco?

  2. #the novel reader · 15 Days Ago

    it is a good poem addressing the voices and can be sung as a rap

  3. ourcrossings · 15 Days Ago

    That’s a great poem, Francisco. I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend! Greetings from Ireland 🙂 Aiva

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 15 Days Ago

      Thank you so much Aiva! Yes, it was a lovely weekend, not much to do as things remain the same but at least within the city it was quite agreeable, thanks! I hope you all had a great Easter as well! Take good care Aiva and all the best,
      FBC

  4. Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 15 Days Ago

    The hypocrites of the world that try to make us believe that bad is good and good doesn’t exist, that try to make us think there is no right or wrong, just consequences…
    Those people, Michael that control us through the media…

  5. Aman Behra · 15 Days Ago

    Interesting poem 👌

  6. azurea20 · 15 Days Ago

    Muy potente, con una gran fuerza . Me quedo con estos versos “Pero debemos ver

    que el tiempo es algo que nos hará libres,

    que la verdad está escrita para estos tiempos difíciles”,
    Redimen al poema.
    Precisoso.

  7. Anna Waldherr · 15 Days Ago

    Bravo! This is breathtaking, Francisco. Well done, my friend.

  8. Brad Osborne · 15 Days Ago

    You are certainly finding your stride with poetry, my friend. This, along with may of your pieces lately, is exceptional. I love the structure and the use of caesura throughout to provide pause and impact. “and fast the next forgotten” is beautiful phrasing. Well done, Francisco!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 15 Days Ago

      Thank you my good friend. Your words are very important and meaningful to me and these I sincerely appreciate.
      FBC.

  9. tiffanyarpdaleo · 14 Days Ago

    This is very good, Francisco!

  10. spwilcen · 13 Days Ago

    In your tenure as professor at university, in one of your Literature as Art classes, you must read this to your students and explain, not to convert them, but to embolden them to think for themselves; to realize that all who they “respect” do not have their best interests or the best interests of man at heart, alas, not even Professor Francisco Cabrera.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 13 Days Ago

      Bravo! You don’t know what a pleasure it is to hear from you again! And what you’ve said is the truth and essence of my core belief. Thank you!

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