un caballero

August 26, 2011

my father
taught me
how to be
un caballero.

is not acceptable.
on a date,
get there
fifteen minutes

bring flowers.
will never sour.

pleasant words
will bring a smile.

hold doors, pull chairs,
give up your jacket
before she gets cold.

he taught my sister
the same.

’cause he says
we needed to be everything
to ourselves and others.

taught us
how to make dinner
into poetry.
from the way you cooked it
to the way you served it.

he taught us to call
our mother every day.
to never visit her
empty handed.
milk, eggs and bread
will fill anyone’s basket.

kisses are necessary,
hugs are mandatory.
the touch of Love
will keep everyone warm.

sing a Love song
-you’re never off key
if you sing it
from the heart.

a gentleman
never talks
ill of the past.
She sees it
as lessons for a
stronger future.

raise your voice
or your hand.

speak softly.
touch gently.

un caballero
her flaws and faults
and works to be

and remember
to be a true caballero
you must never forget
that you are always
una Dama.

~Sarahí Yajaira, 2011 ©