Poem: “SMOKE”

(Photo by our Miami collaborator Mayra, property of Omnia Caelum Studios València)



The smoke that travelled here from far away,

hides, confuses, misinterprets words I say.

Smoke that seems to turn the world around me grey, wants to be here to stay.

The brightness of the rising sun,

seems pale and faded.

Yet I know it’s just the smoke that’s permeated,

and has the blueness of the sky,

hostage, captive, hypnotised,

but it can be just for a little while, cause the power of the sun is never-ending.

The smoke that’s travelling the stratosphere,

seems to be trying to reach a distant home.

It’s destiny is to be soon reabsorbed,




Because we don’t need smoke’s disguise, we need our clarity and brilliant sun.

C.2021, Francis Bravo Cabrera, 03 AUG 2021, Turkey


  1. cindy knoke · August 3

    This is beautiful. I am sorry the west coast sent you our desperate burning smoke.

    • Thank you Cindy, there is so much smoke all over the world as fires ravage parts of Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey, not to mention the west coast of the US…

  2. Brad Osborne · August 3

    I love the ethereal feel of this and the powerful metaphor. The tempo and lone length make the words drift by likes wisps of smoke. Beautifully written, Francisco!

    • Thank you Brad. I dedicate this brief poem to all the victims of the fires that are raging in so many parts of the world, particularly here in Turkey where I live during the summers and that have not yet been controlled. Lamentably there is loss of life…

  3. Roser · August 3

    Quines imatges tan vívides que s’hi evoquen! Molt bonic… ☀

  4. tiffanyarpdaleo · August 4

    Well done, Francisco!

  5. markbierman · August 17

    Clarity and brilliant sun are two things we definitely need. 🙂

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