A Poem for a Tuesday in Valecia: “Tell me a Story Dad”

(Photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia 2021)

TELL ME A STORY DAD

Tell me a story Dad,
tell me of the days of your youth,
tell me of the things you did,
of the friends you had,
of the way you lived in those days
back in the past…

We used to smoke some weed
and sip sweet wine,
listen to Beatles and the Stones
and life was fine…
We raced our muscle cars,
we danced in the streets,
we let our hair grow long
and didn’t miss a beat…
We dreamt of all becoming rock stars,
we thought we’d be forever
young and strong and free
in black corduroy and leather…
But some of us were called away,
were trained to kill and sent far from the lonely streets
where we used to dance and used to sing.
They dressed us in camouflage and green,
a rifle on the shoulder,
a needle in the arm…
We left so many dreams back in Vietnam…
And though I lost some friends,
others returned.

This is the story I leave behind,
I hope you will remember me,
as years do fly,
I only hope the dreams and hopes you live for
will never lead you son,
to war…

C.2021, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 20 APR 2021, Valencia, Spain

27 comments

  1. equipsblog · 24 Days Ago

    I love this poem. It rings true. We always hope the next generation will not have to go to war, but there is always some reason, often perceived. Some wars are lasting so long that both parent and child may have served in the same one.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 24 Days Ago

      That is a destiny we cannot wish on anyone…but you are right, Pat, it has happened…I am glad you liked the poem, thank you so much!

  2. Easymalc · 24 Days Ago

    Nice one Francesc. Do you remember The Who singing “I hope I die before I get old” on My Generation?

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 24 Days Ago

      Yes, a great song that I always liked as a big fan of The Who. And thank you my friend. All the best to you,
      FBC.

  3. spwilcen · 24 Days Ago

    Touched me here, bud. Thanks.

  4. Victoria Brase · 24 Days Ago

    Enchanting photo. Lovely poem.

    On Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 1:45 PM Omnia Caelum Blogs…Poetry, Art, Music wrote:

    > Francisco Bravo Cabrera posted: ” (Photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum > Studios Valencia 2021) TELL ME A STORY DAD Tell me a story Dad,tell me of > the days of your youth,tell me of the things you did,of the friends you > had,of the way you lived in those daysback in the past… We use” >

  5. House of Heart · 24 Days Ago

    Such a moving and beautifully written “story” Francisco, one that so many can relate to.

  6. Brad Osborne · 24 Days Ago

    I loved how you approached the subject. The meter is steady and well-paced, while the rhyme scheme is just the right amount of melody. Where you started your story and where you ended it was perfection. Really loved this one, my friend!

  7. Rachel Duerden · 23 Days Ago

    This poem genuinely moved me.

  8. Chen Song Ping @ TPTan · 23 Days Ago

    Your poem send a great message!

  9. tiffanyarpdaleo · 23 Days Ago

    I loved this poem, Francisco, great writing and sentiment!

  10. azurea20 · 23 Days Ago

    Un poema que llega muy hondo. Buenas noches.

  11. markbierman · 22 Days Ago

    Touching poem.

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