You're the Smile that Peels Back Space

(“Mujer de Fierro” acrylics on canvas, 100×110 cm Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia, art of FBC)

I dreamed I saw a flower
that was left between the yellowed,
musty pages of a book ancient and faded,
but it wasn’t you…
Because in many dreams I’ve seen you,
you’re the fragrance,
not the petals left asleep, withered by time.
No! You’re the eyes that will seduce me,
you’re the smile that peels back space,
and your body, which will stretch across the oceans,
becomes part of loving things I can’t replace.
In a house that’s made of plasticine and heartbeats,
on a bed of chamomile and Freixenet,
in a kiss that rips away my lips like lightning,
I have dreamed you flew to me from far away.
So I know you’re not that lonely faded flower,
that was left behind forever to remain,
but a symbol of someone’s romance, not ours,
or of the suffering that comes when lovers stray.
You can never be a symbol, you’re too vibrant,
you’re the quintessential love that rips my flesh,
that in ecstasy consumes eternal hours,
that in dreams I feel a thousand hours awake.

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 18 FEB 2020, Valencia, Spain

INSTAGRAM (for all my artwork): @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

JaZzArt en Valencia: http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

Jazz with my group AJA, playing funky world beat rhythms: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja2

THANKS!

Preparing…

(Acrylic on canvas from the 2019 “JaZzArt en Valencia” series by Francisco Bravo Cabrera)

De Cerca y al Tocar Su Piel

(“De Oro Es” de FBC, foto de FBC, Derechos Resevados)

La prefiero ver de lejos

Aunque sé,

Que de cerca,

y al tocar su piel

seré,

como un verbo entre los astros,

que al pasar no deja rastros,

destruyendo las barreras

que me impiden proceder.

No se cual es su color,

pero se que en el calor

de entre sus brazos,

lo he de encontrar.

Y la dibujaré en un petalo que va,

flotando sobre los vientos

y sera,

un beso de primavera,

que me arranca como fiera,

la malicia con caricias

que sabe dar

La prefiero en un suspiro

que en el mar,

Y en el aire que respiro,

debe estar.

Se trasluce en el espacio,

Y al amor lo hará despacio,

Y en un atomo me enseña

que hay mil mundos por andar.

Y su olor y su humedad

Que en mi cuerpo dejará quizá mañana

Azul sera,

como la eternidad.

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 12 de febrero de 2020, Valencia

(Cuadro “De Oro Es”, obra de Francisco Bravo Cabrera, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

INSTAGRAM: @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

JaZzArt en Valencia: http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

Jazz de piano con mi grupo AJA: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

Un Manchego en la Luna

Obra de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia
Derechos Reservados

Dicen que una sombra vieron y no sabían de quien era…

Hay un manchego en la luna,

que es hincha del Osasuna,

medio entretenido, medio loco y quizá tonto.

Anda siempre con bastón de caminar y con su boina,

Y no pienses que lo que te cuento es coña,

bebe whiskey en los bares y en terrazas frente al mar,

y en Sevilla anda buscando a quien amar…

Hay un hombre que le dice al conductor del autobús,

“Tomame por las narices que yo soy de otro planeta y me muero

por volver, y no lo se hacer.”

Y lo mira el conductor y lo complace

Y le agarra la nariz, lo satisface,

Cuando nota que una nube verde, roja, gris y azul

Llena el omnibús y cuando habría pasado,

Ve que el hombre ya no estaba allí a su lado…

Una chica sale a prisas de su casa,

y atraviesa por los campos, las arenas,

suena con aquel chaval de las castañas,

de las rías, de las montañas gallegas.

Pero un sueño no es lo mísmo que un abrazo,

y en Doñana ella recuerda el castañazo,

de las noches andaluzas acostada bajo el sol,

y esas cosas también eran solo sueños,

su imaginación tejiendo así su empeño,

y el gallego ni se acuerda de esa gitana de luz

ni del sol de aquel verano andaluz…

Dicen que una sombra vieron

Dicen que miraron bien,

Pero no supieron identificarla,

Pues hay cosas que sí existen,

Aunque las quieran negar,

Y a veces si nos dejan sin palabras.

Un manchego de Osasuna y un marciano en autobús,

Y una chica que soñaba con su gran principe azul,

Y  habrán muchos otros casos, no lo vayas a dudar,

Nuestra vida es como un cuento de misterio,

Y quizá  encuentres duendes, ángeles o algunos más,

Antes que te lleven tiezo al cementerio.

JaZz Art continues in 2020

(“The Irreversible” ink and graphite on paper, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Every year one tries to plan what one is going to do throughout the year, at least on a professional level and I am doing just that right now. Most of the year is uncertain but one thing I am certain of already is that I will do my yearly, November/December Expo in Valencia, this year as well.

BUT…

I am open to suggestions and invitations to do expos anywhere in Europe or America.

These are some of the paintings I will include in the 2020 expo, that I’ve not exhibited although they were finished in late 2019…

“Las Flores” Collection/series Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia

I greatly appreciate the support I’ve received throughout this year. I invite all of you back so we all can continue the journey. This year 2020 will be even better, as it should be. One must always move forward and not take a single step backward, not even for impulse! And I hope and look forward to doing many more expos and other events, artistic and literary, before the November expo in Valencia. I would love to have you with me so we can all share it together and together grow.

Art is a dynamic, a language, a weapon, to be used to grow as human beings, connect and dialogue, transmit ideas and to fight the most virulent of evils, which is intolerance, bigotry, racism and injustice. I, as an artist, refuse to sit quietly by while evil takes hold of more and more people and things of this, our world. Politicians are not the only ones with a duty to the “people”, and I truly believe that artists…of all genres and fields…should and must take part in making our world a better world. After all, our countries do not belong to the ruling party in power at the moment, our countries belong to us, the people.

Once again, I truly appreciate the support of this, my blogging community, which has shown me many beautiful lessons in humanity, in art, in science and in current events. I have learned from all of you many valuable lessons and I appreciate, wholeheartedly the incredibly wonderful articles and posts I have seen and enjoyed throughout my time on this blog. I am humbled by the acceptance I’ve received and the beautiful words which you have rendered me and I humbly accept them, perhaps undeserved but greatly appreciated because I know they all came from the heart. To all of you go my sincere wishes for happiness, peace and love in 2020 and forever.

Shalom,

Francisco

(“Next to the Sea, where I love to be…” foto/digital art by FBC, OCS Valencia)

I would like to invite you to follow me on Instagram where I post my paintings as I finish them (yes, I know, I have not finished one in a couple of monts): @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

AND

You can access and see my 2019 “JaZzArt en Valencia” collection by visiting my online gallery: http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

AND

If you like piano jazz, check out this CD I did with a great German pianist back in Miami, Florida in 2004. The pieces are created through jazz improvisation and I accompany Stu on the bass. Lots of people have said that the music is very spiritual and sensuous and that they can think of many things that they would like to do while this music plays in the background: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

AND

thanks…