My (first) Winter Manifesto

(Here I am, Bodo in NYC! Photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios València)



Some days I choose to walk like a brave warrior,

wanting to invade some foreign land,

but more so I just want to place on paper,

the thoughts that rage within my active mind.

And my intentions?

To analyse my simple, quiet verses,

and paint my jazzy figures,silhouettes,

on that fine surface of the sea that bathes us,

and never to regret…

Because I write what I see every morning, before I breakfast at my favourite bar,

and later while I lunch I check my verses, revising them while sipping cold white wine…

Relaxed and carefree I stroll through my kingdom,

my streets, my home, my lively neighbourhood,

and in the endless summer of my senses,

I write, for it’s my duty and I should.

And what is this that I now call my duty?

It is to be a chronicler of these,

the days that God has given me to live through,

with courage, with love, with firm belief.

I’m not a poet and I never will be,

I lack the discipline and I lack the time,

to learn and to obey the rules they give me,

so I just learned, by stumbling, to rhyme.

And I now march headlong into the autumn years,

perhaps the part most interesting of life,

thinking, more than I ever did of trying,

to save my soul for God’s eternal life.

C.2021, Francesc Bravo Cabrera, 21 JUL 2021, Turkey


  1. Brad Osborne · July 21

    You can say you are not a poet, my friend, but your compositions would argue otherwise. I always love to see the world through your words!

  2. Viktoriya Kozlova · July 21

    Beautifully done. Very true and inspiring

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. markbierman · July 21

    I can tell by your work that you are indeed a poet. You say more in your lines than many others.

  4. azurea20 · July 21

    Que durante muchos años puedas disfrutar de todo eso que describes tan maravillosamente. Un saludo

  5. beth · July 21

    beautifully done, I live within the autumn as well –

  6. equipsblog · July 21

    The original poet who didn’t know it. Whereas I believe I’m a poet and know that I am not an artist or composer of music. 🙂 Nicely expressed.

  7. Easymalc · July 21

    Whether you think you’re a poet or not Francesc, your words always sound good to me 🙂

    • Cheers Malc! How’s the summer going for you? Hope all’s well and good! I’m rather enjoying the heat of the Aegean, Turkish style, although it seems we won’t be able to go to our Greek island, even though we are European citizens there is no transport there from Turkey, yet nothings lost as things are hunky dory right here and much cheaper. I won’t paint during the summer but I intend to do a lot of writing. Take good care and I promise that in about an hour, I’ll be raising a glass of fine Turkish white wine to your health my friend! 🙂🍷🌞

      • Easymalc · July 21

        Who couldn’t enjoy the Turkish Aegean F? I had a wonderful time there with my wife’s sister and her husband some years ago when we laughed until we cried, but yesterday he died and I cried for a different reason. Tonight I’ll be raising a glass to him, and of course to you my friend. Enjoy your time in that wonderful part of the world 🙂

      • I’m very sorry for your loss Malc, may he rest in peace. And yes it is quite lovely here. I’ve been coming here since 2003 and bought a small place next to the water but now the village has grown far too much, progress is not necessarily a good thing my friend. Take good care and all the best

      • Easymalc · July 21

        Thank you Francesc and enjoy your stay 🙂

      • Cheers Malc

  8. Soŕry I couldn’t talk to you 2 or 3 years ago when I saw you, it was too crowded… Lots of love, sandra

  9. Good night, Eid Mubarak, dolces sonos ….

  10. macalder02 · July 22

    Para ser poeta sólo se necesita tener versos como los tuyos que expresan un sentir y que llega al lector de una manera real y satisfactoria. Bien por tu poesía que es como mirar unos de tus cuadros pintando el interior de tu ser. Un gran abrazo Francisco.

    • Gracias Manuel, has dicho la verdad pues el arte es una expresión netamente humana que surge del corazón y llega a los corazones. Amigo mío, agradezco mucho tu apoyo y tus palabras,
      Un abrazo,

  11. jonicaggiano · July 24

    Oh I love this one too. Great shot of you in the snowy weather. Yet I feel the words of your poem and imagine you writing and having wine in the evenings. You are indeed a poet and a lovely one at that. What lovely lines you are writing in Turkey, I am assuming you and your wife are enjoying Turkey as part of your vacation together. You are inspired, this is a beautiful piece that acknowledges your priorities and beliefs in life, and in God, so beautiful Francisco. Sending love and hugs to you both. xoxoxo Joni

    • Thank you so much my dear friend! Love to you and your husband from our second home on the Aegean Sea!

      • jonicaggiano · July 24

        Oh how lovely. Blessings to you both. Enjoy your time there. Hugs to you both. ❤️🤗😘

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