My Name Is Gabriela #fiction #short story #poetic prose

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My name is Gabriela. Papa used to call me Marie. Nobody understood why. Mama believed that Marie was the secret name of his mother who was an actress. As far as I know my grandmotherโ€™s name was Lucrecia, and she was no actress. She was born into a religious family. Her uncle was a bishop. I have no idea how Mama came up with this story about my grandmother being an actress and having a secret name.  

I cannot write anymore.  If you want me to do it, you will have to lock me in the library. Only there silences become words, and words become soft and puffy like two humongous winter breasts glowing in the last rays of a sweet and sticky sunset.

Yesterday, I got lost in the sacrality of the winter carnival with its colors and aromas of musicality, and its hands of poetry extended to the moon and beyond.  

Oh, no, you locked the library door.

I start knotting the thin rosy bodies of the quiet words that make the four thousand volumes that reside in here. An aerial bridge extends over the world. Dressed in a full-moon regalia, I walk on it. Around me birds amalgamate the winds of the North with those of the South. I see stars floating on the seas. Blue meadows wave to me.

I cry. My tears reach the earth, and each and one of them grows into a new poem.

My name is Gabriela. Papa used to call me Marieโ€ฆ.


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172 thoughts on “My Name Is Gabriela #fiction #short story #poetic prose

  1. This is so beautiful. It’s pure and honest and sincere and delicate and frank. I mean tears embellish my cheeks reading this.
    The way you round it up in the end is so serene. Wow G! I cannot believe how beautifully this has been written.
    “I start knotting the thin rosy bodies of the quiet words that make the four thousand volumes that reside in here.”

    Wow wow wow wow.

    “I cry. My tears reach the earth, and each and one of them grows into a new poem.”
    Nobody is supposed to say this, but please cry, because your poems are truly magnificent.
    I cannot stop thinking of how beautiful this is. You must have just inspired me to write a poem.
    Wow Gabriela, superb.

    1. AW… My dearest friend, you are so kind. Your words are so beautiful. I can’t thank you enough for this magnificent comment. Did I inspire you? If I did you made me happy. Thank you for being here every time. Thank you for supporting me. I hope everything is well with you. Sending you plenty of love. And flowers.. and apple pie…:)

      1. My dearest friend,
        I am beyond blessed to have read this piece. It is pure emotions. I’m so glad to have seen this side of your words. Now that I read this, I think I get a deeper insight into your poetry. I could be wrong, but it gives me satisfaction to know that I am a part of your poetic journey.
        Thank you so much for the apple pie. To lend in a secret: I am not fond of soft(cooked) apples. I love cinnamon to the moon though.

      2. Here you are Shanyu,
        I hope everything is well with you. Again, such a beautiful comment. You warm my heart.
        “I could be wrong, but it gives me satisfaction to know that I am a part of your poetic journey.” I am humbled by these words.
        ” I am not fond of soft(cooked) apples” I am sending you uncooked apples ๐Ÿ™‚
        “I love cinnamon to the moon though.” Tell me why all people that I love, love cinnamon? What’s up with the cinnamon?
        Haha. I used it in my poetry. I sprinkle cinnamon all over ๐Ÿ™‚
        Sending love and hugs
        Take care.

      3. Cinnamon huh. I don’t know something about it is heavenly. Do you love cinnamon? Because I did love the cinnamon notes.


      4. Haha! I love the cinnamon notes between you and me more than I love cinnamon ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Bo, sweetheart, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You know how much your words mean to me. You know how much it means to me you are here. THANK YOU! How do you feel? How is everyone?

      1. I know, baby, but the feeling’s mutual. You know that as well.
        Ok, I guess. Stealing some time reading till B comes back from kindergarten. I went swimming today, and I can tell you I find water the most beneficial. After you get rid of the bandage, make sure you sign up for some water gym or alike (I started after 3 months because there was a wait list I didn’t know of, which means I lost lots of precious time). Normally, it means after two months, maybe even earlier. Trust me, there’s nothing like water. I talked to some woman whose injury was worse than mine, but she recovered way more quickly and got rid of the crutches after only two months just because she had a swimming pool at home which she used daily.

        How are you? Does it hurt much?

      2. Oh, yes, he is probably going to come soon. Sending him a kiss. I am glad you found time to read.
        I will definitely try water therapy. The pain was worse today. I will see my doctor next week.
        Take care Bo. Love you all.

    1. Hello my dearest Ingrid, thank you for the praise. And thank you for your fabulous support. I still can write ๐Ÿ™‚ Sending you love. I hope you and those you love are well.

  2. Absolutely wonderful!!! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ I love so much your gorgeous poems! โค๏ธ I send you a very big hug full of affection! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’•

    1. Thank you so much my beautiful Ely ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒนโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐ŸŒนโค๏ธ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒนโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

    1. Thank you so much my dearest Punam. You are a gem. I hope everything is well. Sending huge hugs.

      1. Thank you โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  3. This feels so truthful, honest and heart rendering dearest Button. All these feelings so beautifully expressed. One canโ€™t help but see you in the library overwhelmed and hiding. Gorgeous piece of prose and every line more compelling than the next.

    โ€œAround me birds amalgamate the winds of the North with those of the South. I see stars floating on the seas. Blue meadows wave to me.โ€

    So do I love your work my friend and canโ€™t wait to see what is coming next.

    Praying for that foot of yours. Sending you flowers with gardenias my favorite wrapped up in threads of blue silk and covered with love.
    Love, honeybun โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿฆ‹

    1. Honeybun, thank you so much for your beautiful comment. As always I love your words and I am very grateful for them. I am thrilled you liked this piece. Lots of hugs and blessing to you.
      On a different note, I read your post last night. Beautiful. I was able to like it but not to comment. I will try again today.
      Sending love and fresh flowers your way.
      G (Button)
      One day I will have to write: My name is Gabriela. Joni used to call me Button ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Oh what a sweet thought. That makes me smile and also brings some kind memories of my mom to my heart. Glad you liked the poem dear Button and thank you for reading as always. Please take care of that foot my sweet friend. Love you Button. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธ

      2. Oh, you brought tears to my eyes. Love you Honeybun. Thank you for your wishes โค๏ธ๐ŸŒนโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

    1. Oh, Blanca, thank you so much. Last night I was listening to Luis Miguel and I thought about you. I was wondering if you like him.

      1. I am glad you do. I love him too ๐Ÿ™‚
        Enjoy the rest of your day.

    1. Thank you for the beautiful praise Ben. You are a great friend. My middle name is not Marie. That is how Papa used to call me ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Such beautiful revelation, unforgettable! Looking backward, the inconsistencies that trap us like the lock on the library door. You write so beautifully itโ€™s breathtaking. โค๏ธ

    1. My dearest Rene, thank you so much for your wonderful comment. You made me happy sweetheart.
      “Looking backward, the inconsistencies that trap us like the lock on the library door. ” I love this thought.
      Love and hugs

      1. Thank you ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

  5. This is my new favourite Gabriela. โค๏ธโค๏ธ And I believe that all is well and you will never stop writing your mesmerising poems. ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

    Sending you bunches of flowers ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’ and loads of love! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

    1. You are so sweet. I am so glad you liked it. All is well. I hope all is well with you too.
      YAY, I got the love and the flowers. They are splendid. Sending you roses and more love.

  6. This is one of the most amazing prose, I’ve ever read….the way you’ve expressed this story, is beyond beautiful….”I cry. My tears reach the earth, and each and one of them grows into a new poem.”….every single drop is precious….filled with different emotions….it’s you in a different form….lots of love to you, dearest Gabriela โค๏ธโœจ

    1. Navin, aw… I have no words to thank you for the praise. I have a poem and a tear for you. They are right by your door. Itโ€™s dark there. Look for them โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ
      Are you spending your time on IG lately ?
      Oh, I am sending love too โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

      1. You’re very welcome….”I have a poem and a tear for you.”โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ….I see better in the dark….it’s my light in disguise….much love โค๏ธ โœจ

        If I’m spending my time in IG…that stands for Instagram, right?

      2. If you see in the dark please look for a tulip too. I sent you one ๐ŸŒท
        Yes. IG stands for Instagram ๐Ÿค—

      3. I am glad you can see the ๐ŸŒท. I guess you can say I am on IG. Sort of. I opened an account. Itโ€™s private and I did not post anything ๐Ÿค—

      4. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒท….it’s a good start on IG….I’ve one IG open account dedicated to my poetry….the link is on my blog….I’m not a crazy IG user but I do use it to connect with other writers / artists n to share my writings โœจโค๏ธ

      5. That’s wonderful, no question about. I am not new when it comes to IG. Several years back I had an account that was hacked. Therefore my reluctance. I will follow you if I decide to become active ๐Ÿ™‚ Take care.

      6. Hacked….oh, then I can understand why you’re reluctant….IG is watched, I think….just like FB….same owner….but I think social media whether it’s IG, FB, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Twitter or whatever….they’re watched….you lidt create a crazy complicated password to at least prohibit it from hacking….then update the PW once in a while….you’re always welcome to follow me….n I’ll follow you… whenever you’re ready….enjoy the evening

      7. Thank you ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

    1. Hi Brad, you are truly sweet. Thank you so much. I hope your afternoon is going well ๐Ÿฅฐ

    1. My dearest Priscilla, thank you so much for your beautiful words. I am glad you liked it ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

  7. Such a lovely intro Gabriella and fun bit of history, real or imagained, I can’t tell. Beautifully shared with all of your heart and emotions dripping from the sky to the page locked in the library. I loved those lines. Such beautiful prose. โค๏ธ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒทโค๏ธ๐ŸŒทโค๏ธCindy

    1. Good morning my fabulous Cindy,
      Thank you for your praise and for your heartfelt comment.
      Sending love and good wishes for a wonderful weekend. I know you are going to have a good one ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Nice to chat 2 times this morning dearest Gabriella! You are most welcome! thanks for the love and wishes for a great weekend. I am cuz It’s just me all by my lonesome.. bliss! You too!! โค๏ธ xoxoxoxo C

      2. You sound happy. I am glad you had time for yourself.
        Have a beautiful evening.

    1. Thank you so much Gina. Your words mean so much to me. Sending love to everyone. Have a great weekend.

      1. ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน

  8. Gabriela, I think the majority of people have forgotten how it feels to be a child. I know I remember vividly many childhood experiences and the feelings associated with the experiences. This prose poem seems to come straight out of the mind and feelings of a child. I think you remember. Thank you for sharing. <3

    1. Aw.. my dearest Cheryl. Thank you so much for you beautiful comment. I do remember the magic of the childhood. I will ever forget it. I wish I would have known then that it was magic ๐Ÿ™‚
      Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you. So are you sweetheart. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

      1. You too sweetheart โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  9. funny thing Gabriela, I was the only person who called my beloved Marie… to everyone else she was Tanya. I share your tears xxx

      1. I’ve just sat for half an hour at my easel without a clue how to paint… this ennui is stultifying.

      2. You will find a way. The muse will come to you. You are a great artist ๐ŸŒน

    1. Haha! Thank you for your beautiful comment. Don’t worry about spelling my name correctly. When it comes to my name I get creative too ๐Ÿ™‚ In my birth certificate it’s spelled Gabriella ๐Ÿ™‚
      Have a marvelous week.

  10. Dear Gabriela…You absolutely positively carry me away in the most incredibly wonderful way imaginable. I get so lost in Your words and am blissfully there. Thank You. For lack of any more words….it’s just beautiful!!!!!!!!! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

    1. Good morning Katy.
      You are a sweetheart. You make my days beautiful and blissful.
      HUGE HUGS!!!

    1. Thank you Andrada. You are a sweetheart and a wonderful human being too. I canโ€™t wait to read your novel.

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