I was a drop of water in the ocean which took me to the shore And left me stranded, A grain of sand it was that I became, A million others like me All the same… I carefully observed the things around me, I floated with the winds So far from my seas, I learned the ways of things that floated by, Until the day arrived that I could fly… Your face I drew beneath the blue green ocean, Your body with the movement of the waves, And when I touched the softness of your skin, I turned back to the water I had been… But now I wasn’t just a drop of ocean I was the mighty current that flows through it, And with the love that quietly remains, I turned back to that grain of sand again… So oceans once again could kiss my shoreline, So I could kiss you softly while the breeze flows, And takes you where the beach and oceans meet… I was a drop of water in the ocean, But I know you and me can reach the sea…
C.2020, 17 FEB 2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, Valencia, Spain
Old, and barely able, he walks out to the busy corner, where he buys his daily bread, wondering where the hell these thoughts come from that are dancing in his head. He looks around and doesn’t see the lady with the mandolin, that plays the songs he likes to sing, which she brought from a place he’s never seen. And though the morning sun has filled the day with light and warmth, he’s cold and suffers ‘cause he can’t explain the lonely feelings that he cannot seem to shake. Loneliness is not a symptom, it’s a curse that’s so hard to explain, for no one really seems to know, and few can understand the pain. Everybody’s lonely mornings are as different as are flakes of snow, Singular and so precise, and will never let you go. And he knows that the future threatens to be not so very far away, He still forces his voice to comply, And tells his children he’s okay:
“I’m only dreaming of a smile, Yes, for one of those, I’d walk a million miles, But they’re very hard to find, And I just haven’t the time…”
He takes his loaf of bread and walks across the park towards home, where he sees a group of children playing in the sun. They remind him of when he was young and of the days when smiles were not a million miles away. And for a second in his head he sees the images of long lost friends, he sees himself in happy times, his true love by his side, and holding hands they’d listen to their children sing their songs and he could proudly say…
“I am the happiest of men, I find golden rays of light, even in the pouring rain. With you I will always stay, and you will never lose your way, for I will always be your compass, till we reach the end of days…”
Alone he finds his way back home to a dark and dusty room where ghosts do roam. And the thoughts inside his head are shouting, reminding him, repeating loudly:
“You’re useless now and soon you will be dead. The life that you remember is just pictures in your head. And everyone that you have loved has left this Earth, they’re far above, while in the meantime you’re still down here and still struggling with this meaningless existence so mundane. Can you name someone that really cares? No! You’ve no one anywhere! Though it’s a shame.”
And he sits down on the tattered couch, His index finger to his mouth, He silences the voices and replies:
“I know the children rarely call, And I’ve gotten very old, And I no longer have a loving hand to comfort or to hold, and I can’t find a refuge from the cold, my God, how can I live another day”.
C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 07 FEB 2020, Valencia, Spain
I’ve never seen a bluer sea, and I’ve seen many, because if there is one thing that I love is the water…I was born near the water and I’ve always lived in a coastal city or town…but the Aegean Sea is incredibly beautiful.
Here are some shots I took while sailing in Turkish waters…
And areas along the coast heading south from Bodrum, and Bodrum is more or less in the middle of the Turkish Aegean coast, about a one hour flight from Istanbul.
It’s a very relaxing time, the time you spend on the water, and since most of the coastline is composed of coves and small bays, you can anchor and jump in any time of the day or the night that you like…
When you hire a boat, it comes with a captain, a chef and a first mate. You then purchase everything and anything you wish to eat along the voyage as well as everything and anything you would like to drink. We had a great chef and ate gourmet quality food throughout the seven days of sailing the Turkish Aegean.
It is a very relaxing and refreshing time, a most enjoyable experience. You eat, you drink, you take in the sunshine and the gorgeous waters of that blue, blue Aegean Sea…
I leave you with a little video clip that I made of my trips and journeys in Turkey, a country I know very well, although I should say that I know the western, Aegean coast, because Turkey is a huge country and I know very little of all points east, north or further south…
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