Contrary – Gabriela M.

Late afternoon.

Heated streets. 

On my left, red shapes of lips on the walls.

On my right, a few bodies looking for shade.    

A white bird flies over the tower of the church. 

A boy tries to bring it down with a stone. 

Inside the supermarket I see hate in the eyes of two men. 

That makes me think that perhaps the contrary of any type of galaxy is hate. 

Do I dare to ask what is the contrary of your love? 

I gave you one single tin soldier. You grew thousands of them. 

Led by you there is now an entire army trying to keep every soul away from me.  

As though love for one soul requires the destruction of all others. 

In the end the boy brought down the bird. 

Hurt, she falls in the sand. 



Gabriela M. is the author of three novels. Her poetry book, Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings, was published by Vita Brevis Press (April, 2020) under the pen name Gabriela Marie Milton. Gabriela was awarded 2019 Author of the Year at Spillwords Press. Her poems were published by Spillwords Press, Vita Brevis, Indian Periodical, Gioielli Rubati Poetry (translated in Italian by Flavio Almerighi), Tuck Magazine, KashmirPen, “Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen,” Literary Yard, Proletaria, Free Verse Revolution, and other venues. She was selected “Author of the Month” at Spillwords (April 2019). Her poem “The Breath of Love and Death” was voted “Publication of the Month” at Spillwords (November 2019). Gabriela’s work was included in the following anthologies: America’s Emerging Poets Southeast Region (Z Publishing House, 2018); Florida’s Best Emerging Poets (Z Publishing House, 2019); and Pain & Renewal (Vita Brevis Press, 2020). Christina Schwarz, the author of the New York Times Bestseller “Drowning Ruth,” on Gabriela’s poetry: “With lush language and lavish imagery, Gabriela M. evokes a fantastic world ripe with emotion.”  Gabriela blogs at

18 thoughts on “Contrary – Gabriela M.

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  2. So beautiful and painful the words of this gorgeous piece dearest Gabriela. I see a young girl looking for a lovely morning out observing what is around her. “A boy tries to bring it down with a stone.” Then the harshness of the world we live in hits. “Inside the supermarket I see hate in the eyes of two men.” “I gave you one single tin soldier. You grew thousands of them.” This piece is full of metaphors that express the fear of what is happening to “love” in our world. “In the end the boy brought down the bird. Hurt, she falls in the sand.” It is the child in us that is hurt from the pain around us. How exquisitly you have stated this, in your amazing poetic genius, dear friend, the state of our sad world today. Love Joni

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  4. Gabriela, this is a lovely, but sad poem. All the futile attempts at happiness! Like the tin soldier metaphor… Why are some people so possessive? A child killing the bird when watching it in flight should have brought such inspiration. Is this perversity instinctual or learned? Thank you, Gabriela, for this thought-provoking post! Enjoy your weekend! Cheryl

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