Tomorrow, as snow covers the streets of DC, I’ll be co-hosting a poetry evening as part of the monthly Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency open-mic. It’ll also be my last, before I head back home to Brazil and start getting ready for new adventures. So, after going through my poems, I’ve felt like “Obrigada” expresses nicely my gratitude for my years in beautiful fun DC… the amazing and inspiring friends and colleagues I’ve met… the things I’ve learned and accomplished… and, of course, all the poetry I’ve heard and written as I fell in love with the artsy scene and so much else about this city. This poem also brings back those feeling I get when I know I’ll be home soon with my family… Wishing you all a poetic week and holiday season! 

Me and sis

Me and sis

This empty mind of mine…
No verses, not even a line.
Nothing to talk about.
Inspiration all wrong.
Friendly faces wondering what’s shaking,
What’s cooking and baking with the Brazilian,
As she sits there alone,
Does nothing,
Just stares at her phone.

Yes, here I am again,
Scribbling senseless notes…
Fighting away confusing thoughts.
Quietly trying to untie ancient knots.
Listening to the music that makes my mind dance.
The colorful sounds that put hearts in trance,
A smirk on my face,
As people all around move and spark,
All so magically loving life… in the dark.

It’s Thanksgiving…
And I feel such gratitude for the multitude of stars
That light my way and the path of those I treasure.
Soon enough we will all be together.
A pit stop in Rome and, shortly after,
Life will take my hand and fly me home.


8 thoughts on “Obrigada!

  1. beautiful words that resonate and ring true also places away and thousands of miles around…. good luck and good going back home

  2. Flavia,

    I wish I had more time in the last few years to witness your poetic expression and attend some of the many poetry events you invited me to via FB. I think it is in the nature of many of us to believe that there is always time, always one more day to re-kindle and or solidify friendships. But alas our days are numbered. You have done so much in DC. You will do so much back home. It was a pleasure knowing you and I look forward to perhaps checking you out in Brazil sometime. Stay in touch.

  3. Fla,
    Lindo poema, lindas palavras!
    Que seu retorno seja um sucesso, como sempre, mas que não deixemos de nos reencontrar nessas baladas da vida!

  4. Fla,

    Leaving DC? Please send me the details. What will you be doing now? Please send me your contact info…and, please, please, stay in touch. You know we love you!

    Bennett Bearden

    Sent from my iPad

  5. Dear Flavia
    It is nice to know that after many pleasant but nostalgic years in the D.C.you are returning back to Brazil,the land of Amazon.(By the way what does Obrigada means)
    .I wish you and your family the best of luck in your home country.
    There is no place like home.
    With kind Regards
    Engr.Anwar H.Mujahid

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