Señora……..Siempre Señora.

Cruzo con el tiempo.

Largas fueron las vias a madrugadas y decepciones.

Fuerte los vientos que marchitaron su frente. Lagrimas saladas partieron sus labios. Todos se van, tarde o temprano. Los amigos ahora, son un simple recuerdo o un gorrion pasajero .

Ya no importa la ropa, ni en que forma combina. Su rostro no engaña, ni trata de hacerlo. Lo importante es la hora, y como estara el tiempo……

Entre bolsas de plasico encuentra bocados. Un pedaso de pan me ofrecio el otro dia. Conoce bien el sufrir y sin dinero, es rica. Solo busca sentarse. Descanzar un minuto sus huesos, y tal vez si tiene suerte, que alguien salude.

Pero hoy, no hay asiento.

Sentados estan varios y nadie mueve un dedo. Los caballeros se fueron y solo quedan caballos.

Cuanto cuesta ser gente?  Esta tan cara la cosa?  La indiferencia es mas barata y lo corriente abunda.

Dale el asiento. Regala una sonrisa a quien podia ser tu madre, tu abuela, tu tia……………y tu mismo.

Se sento.

Despeinada, mal pintada y cansada.

Sonrio y me dijo……………..

“Queres un pedazo de pan”?

gustavo f. placeres © 2013


gustavo f. placeres © 2013


Remembering The King.


Born 1341 B.C.E., King Tut was the 12th king of the 18th Egyptian dynasty, in power from 1361 B.C.E. to 1352 B.C.E.

“In the room were various artifacts for his journey—oils, perfumes, toys from his childhood, precious jewelry, and statues of gold and ebony.The most fascinating item found was the stone sarcophagus containing three coffins, one inside the other, with a final coffin made of gold. When the lid of the third coffin was raised, King Tut’s royal mummy was revealed, preserved for more than 3,000 years. As archaeologists examined the mummy, they found other artifacts, including bracelets, rings and collars. Over the next 17 years, Carter and his associates carefully excavated the four-room tomb, uncovering an incredible collection of thousands of priceless objects”.© 2013 A+E Networks. All rights reserved.

They Tried. They put everything possibe in the tomb for him to take into the “Afterlife”.

That is not to say I don’t like the finer things in life. I do. I really do. The problem we face today is that we have children dying at an alarming rate. People facing starvation, malnutrition and a very serious water scarcity.Thousands die daily!  It all comes down to our own integrity and morality. How much do we contribute to life’s solutions? Do we know what they are? Do we care? You’ll be surprised to know many people just don’t give a ……………!!!

Let us pause for a moment…………………………….                                                                     longer………………………………………………………………………………………… Let’s us think before we act. Think before we buy. Proceed with caution, before we spend. Ask ourselves where this product came from, who is benefiting from it and what, if any, collateral circumstances occur by buying this product/service. How does it affect the person/people that made it, my family, our health, the environment? Everything we do has an impact. We can contribute or detract. We can benefit or harm.

Most corporations care only for the their bottom line, even at the expense of the only planet we have. We are destroying it very rapidly. Humanity needs you now! Deforestation to grow corn, to feed livestock, to feed ourselves? Wouldn’t that corn feed dying children?               End Starvation? What will be left for our children? For their future?                                                 The only humanity left, may still be found within us.

We must act NOW!!

Think local, act global.

Please think before you buy. No one is perfect. I definitely am not.                                                       But if we all do a little bit, we may just have a chance.

Perhaps many, many years from now, someone will discover our empty tombs, with no gold, silver or precious jewels and we may finally, once and for all prove, we learned from the Egyptians!

gustavo f. placeres © 2013

All Aboard !!!


How soon we forget.

Didn’t your mother teach you manners? You know, say ” thank you”, ”please”, ”good morning”, ”hello”. When did we forget to open doors, give your seat to an older person, a lady or just because? How have we gotten so far off the path? Who looks back at you when you look in the mirror? When did our hearts turn to stone?

What happened in our life to bring such unsavory traits? Who let you down when you most trusted them? Who hurt you as a child that you never forgave? Who did you trust that betrayed you?

When did you get on this train? At what station? Did you come alone? Or were you brought here by someone? A family member you say? A friend? This train is full and there are many others waiting to board at each platform. Yes, this train’s destination is Death!

Why do we carry this baggage around that weighs us so? The weight alone disfigures our soul.  Resentments destroy us just as fast as revenge. We make others pay, a debt not their own. The darkness we reap of the seed we have sown.

Stop the train!  And if you cant stop the train and the next station is too far, JUMP!! JUMP OFF. NOW! Before it’s too late, and you arrive where you are headed.

There’s another train coming, just look for it now.

It’ll be around soon, you don’t want to miss it!

Make sure you know where it’s going, before you get on……………..

“Good Evening! Ticket Please” !



gustavo f. placeres ©

Why are YOU running?


Life passes quickly!

Our couch is not a friend if we’re with it too often. The television is robbing you blind! Get rid of it or at least, limit your time with it. These are NOT your friends. They are thieves robbing you of happiness, health, awareness and freedom.


Just puting on my running shoes and getting out the door, is very liberating. In it’s simplicity, the complexity of life diminishes through the sweat of my body!

Money$$ in the bank for future use. You, Your greatest investment!

Need therapy? Run. Stressed out? Run. Depressed? Run. Just got fired? Run. It’s a great escape from life’s pressures. It’s where I converse with God. Where I analyze my life or just float in the clouds. It’s nature allowing me her grace, cause we’ve gone so far from it. The trees, the birds, the deer. All friends that I haven’t met yet.

The in-shape girls with hourglass figures, the friendly nod ” hello”  from a total stranger, the look of agony on a wrinkled grandmother determined to defy time. Paved paths through trees and hills where the clouds give cover to our inermost feelings, and the sun’s rays can warm even our darkest sorrows.

I run to be with those I love.

I run for peace in time of war.

For those that died and wish I’d known.

For all too sick to stand. Stand on their own.


Why are YOU running!

gustavo f. placeres © 2013

Until we meet again!!!

It’s been a week since your unexpected departure.

My heart is left in pieces. My soul shattered.

In spite of your absence, I continue to learn from you.

Go in peace now on your journey, for I will surely follow.

Thank you for being in my life Louie. Through the good and through the bad. I am a better man because of you and though the pain at times unbearable, your memory fills me abundantly with joy! I will always love and cherish our time together! You gave everyone you met a sincere happiness only you could give.There will never be anyone quite like you my handsome, brave little boy. It was extremely painful to see you suffer and I kept my bond of love with you until your last moment and never left your side. I did all I possibly could and would do it all again! Thank you for letting me know you were ready. God has called you back and now you are finally free my boy. I could no longer bear to see you in pain.Thank you for showing me love so unconditional. I truly love you and always will. You are my best friend and I will always remember you. I used to say that after you there would be no other. I was wrong. You showed me that there is always love to give no matter the circumstance, for even in death…… gave love!

Lulu and I miss you dearly.

Run now free in green pastures and rolling hills forever!

Until we meet again!


You’re giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.
But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.
So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.
The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it’s the only way.
That strength is why I’ve followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I’ve loved you all these years…
My partner ’til the end.
Please, understand just what this gift,
You’re giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I’ve lost,
And all my dignity.
You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.
So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that’s within you,
To now grant me this appeal.
Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.
And don’t despair my passing,
For I won’t be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I’ll stay.
I’ll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I’ll run,
…a young dog once again.
In Memory of Asta, Feb. 1997
(c) Karen Clouston

Your daddy always !!!

Gustavo F. Placeres


October 11, 2004- February 11, 2013  King Louie XVIII   RIP

If you’re waiting for a sign…This is it!

My beloved grandmother passed  January 4 2013.

She was my second mother, no exageration. She was my refuge in very uncertain and tough times of my adolescence. Most of which was self induced. Nevertheless, her doors were always open to me, regardless of the situation. There’s was always a plate of food, a ”to go” order from anywhere I wanted, something to drink, a warm bed to sleep in. I made it through those times, largely, because of her.

There were always jokes and laughter, even at the stake of something we did or some family matter. We always upscaled our expectations even in the most dire of circumstances. It was always an environment of prosperity in the midst of utter simplicity, if that make sense. We were definitely “Rich” whenever we were together. The sky was the limit and ”let’s get goin’, we don’t want to stay in here do we?”

She loved the city, the cafes, the food. People watching and dressing up to go out. She taught me to always be presentable and when times are the hardest :            “Grab the best clothes you have, and hit the streets”. I will never forget that. It has become a part of who I am. She had the voice of an angel and all lucky enough to have met her, were better because of her. She always gave without asking. Cared without prejudice. Loved without expectation.                                                                    90 years worth.

I don’t know if there are angels in heaven. But I know there are stars in the sky. Although your departure has darkened this world. Tonight the sky shines brighter and I know you are there. As you always were. I feel the emptiness of your absense. Yet you filled my soul with joy. I feel the pain of not being with you. Yet I know you are with me. I asked that you would please give me a sign. Tonight you have done it twice.                                                                                                                                       I love you soooo much . I miss you and I know you are ok………

And grandma,

“if you’re waiting for a sign, This is it”


Thank you for the shooting Star!

Olimpia Zulema Perez Image