Ganbare

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BobBradshaw
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Ganbare

#1 Post by BobBradshaw » 13 May 2018, 00:08

Ganbare



When my bicycle I was learning to ride
under a blueberry sky tumbled

like a shot horse, mom shouted "Ganbare!"
"Hang in there!"

And mom's advice when years later
I stuttered like a lovesick cricket

asking a girl to dance?
"Ganbare…"

It was as if the word could heal
a burnt forest, or a heart

as gashed as any pinata's...
And when I struggled with Spanish

as if it were a car engine's parts
strewn across a garage floor

that I would never be able
to assemble?

Of course...."Ganbare".
Would mom have lost her faith in me

if I had never learned a Spanish word
other than sombrero?

Or if every nail I hammered
had buckled? No, there would always

have been another shiny nail waiting
to be perfectly struck down.

"Hang in there...Ganbare!"
was as constant as any algebraic axiom,

a north star that to this day
my heart's compass
turns to.

Bernie01
Posts: 780
Joined: 30 Jul 2015, 11:14

Re: Ganbare

#2 Post by Bernie01 » 13 May 2018, 05:07

Bob---


so original and refreshing to read.


might review the final verse---


a north star that to this day
my heart's compass
turns to
.


two to words....for example...

a north star permanently pointed to the heart's radiant core.


etc....


but a terrific poem just as it is.


bernie

BobBradshaw
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Re: Ganbare

#3 Post by BobBradshaw » 14 May 2018, 05:11

Thanks, Bernie...

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