Chapter 7.LYRICAL IDYLL: author’s poems
“TO FUENTESNUEVAS”: a hymn to the flavor of living
“TO THE BIERZO”: magical roving companion
“A SONG TO FUENTESNUEVAS”
“¡FUENTESNUEVAS!”: …I feel you and …I’m homesick for you
“MONA LISA OF SUFFERING”
“…AND HE WAS NO MORE THAN A FARMER…”
“ON THE 44TH ANNIVERSARY…
OF MY 21ST BIRTHDAY…
“A HYMN TO FREEDOM”
“A CLOSING SONG”
This book is dedicated to my wife Lucille whose unconditional love and support has made this publication possible:
I dedicate to you this book with passion and delight.
Joyously do I intone in verse, and in soft notes do I sing,
Of our happy love, the rich and intense story:
In loving you, Lucille, I truly found my glory.
It has fallen upon me to lay open the beginning of a writing that is nothing less than the second echelon, and pray to God it
will not be the last, of the exciting story of its author’s fascinating life. In this effort, I want to be brief, and that… frankly, is
always difficult when one knows the soul of the artisan of that impressive account.
Dear reader: no matter how down to earth you may consider yourself, when you read this book, Odyssey Resumed, you will
feel, perhaps, like me: a stylized keel of a ship that cuts the waves of the sea of life. Upon it, lies the towering figure of an
agile and swift brigantine mariner that slips away. Its bearing is the command of the steady, firm and self-willed hand of an
intrepid, but opportune, traveler named Roger. Its sails will be blown by the courage of his brave heart, and its sailing,
unshakable and secure, will follow the right course of a soul that firmly believes in God and trusts in men and their destiny.
Its rudder will be ready to elude dangerous reefs, but will not hesitate, even for an instant, to change direction with a stroke of
the helm, to show that in life as in the sea, “no one!”, and the echo of the ocean will repeat “no one!!”, can plot against man
and his freedom.
Upon reading this book slowly, and knowing the author, I have felt like a ship boy who, stationed at the anchor beam, waits
in anticipation, with anxiety and interest, to see what lies ahead when going beyond the horizon. Absorbed in thought with
the captain’s tales, he longs to find in the mysterious destination a new adventure to experience… And this is what will take
place in each of the chapters of this work.
Perhaps you will, dear reader, entertain the same feelings when reading this book, especially if you have read Odyssey to
Opportunity, its predecessor. In its content you will find the appealing and simple message of a man who, separated from his
beautiful homeland El Bierzo, Spain, assimilated to a great nation, the United States of America, has become fulfilled,
excelling, suffering, rejoicing. In a word, growing as a man and thanking God for giving him the opportunity to know and
live a life difficult to repeat, with many marvelous sensations and a unique experience.
When you analyze the account in Odyssey Resumed, you will observe that each step of his life is a constant encounter with
man, God and culture, a continuous feeling as a human being who fights against adversity and the selfishness of the
You will admire the fortitude of an indomitable spirit who had to defy very hard trials. The narration, however, sweetens
them in such a way that, upon reading them, you fancy being in a classroom where a veteran professor narrates the facts,
teaching you a beautiful and sublime lesson and imbuing you with a sense of supreme tranquillity.