Paulo Coelho -free verse

Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite contemporary authors. His works have influenced me in so many ways and his stories have inspired me as well. I am reposting one of my earliest published poems here in WordPress which I am sure many of my current readers have not read yet.

This is in response to V.J.’s weekly challenge to create a post about a story that has inspired you.

To join the fun hop into her site at

Santiago was a young boy

in 1988 you created him in Alchemist.

I was in my ponytails and pigtails,

in 1988 a little girl so clueless.

twenty years after,

I met Santiago at dinner

he said when you want something

all the universe conspires in helping

Along came Brida

in 1990 you made

a beautiful gypsy girl

whose quest for knowledge is amazing.

I was growing to be like her

in 1990 a high school teenage girl

she said seek for the truth

never be scared for what has been sought

You ventured to the Mojave desert

in 1992 to find the Valkyries who assert

that finding your guardian angel

you need them badly for help

1992  was the year to say

you realized trudging the desert is a dismay

I was walking through another space

like you, in the desert, I race

By the River Piedra, you placed

two lovers in such a maze

In 1994 you proved that love

is indeed like a flying dove

cage it and it will scream to death

but let it go and it will fly back with great faith

I was searching for the same passion

yet I let go and move on with fashion

Elijah an obedient angel in 1997

you created with pride and a great sense

You proved once more that obedience

is such a value forgotten with negligence

I entered college as a freshman

in academe where there was no man

to focus on my dreams

and be like Elijah on the Fifth Mountain

In 1997 Veronica decides to die

a perfect lady who commits suicide

Confided in an asylum for a while

she sees the whole world in a different style

I was a young mother then, I tangled

caring and nurturing as I struggled

I see the world different as it used to be

with a baby, at hand, I disregard being me

In 2000 the Devil meets Ms. Prym

taking responsibilities and actions in rhyme

She said our conduct is a matter of control and choice

indeed as I battle with my own evil’s choice

I made things right by then

fulfilling my dreams is what I mean

Truly we battle every day in the life

between good and evil we continue to strife

Maria in 2003 was born

in Eleven Minutes you’ve shown

true love is  being with someone

without possessing no one

I was already focused and stable

with my family complete on the table

It might take eleven minutes to stop

and proclaim your life on top

The Witch of Portobello in 2006 came to be

searching for one true self in the beginning

She said opening up to the energies of the world

is one thing we should withstand and behold

I have matured and become successful

but continues to reach out to fulfill

a life of stability and contentment

lies in opening oneself and atonement

Indeed the Winner Stands Alone

in 2008 you created in tone

With the rise of the superclass

born Ewa, Igor, and Hamid who falls

I was torn between work and family

choosing the latter made life lovely

As  Igor, Ewa and Hamid fell defeated

I stood triumphantly even when I’m seated

2010 came, Aleph you discovered

a point where the whole universe is contained

Hilal you met and converse

in Aleph your only universe

I have found my Aleph too

in the arms of the one who truly knew

in sickness and in health indeed

true love once the world forbid



This is more or less a summary of all the novels and characters written and created by Paulo Coelho.


  1. Gina says:

    Creative brilliant full of your character. He is my fave too. Loved your life timeline running concurrent with his puications. I was late discovering him but love him deeper each time I re read his books. This was truly an amazing feat Mich. I am going to print n frame as a gift to myself. May I? Though you missed out one book. Was that intentional… Heehee… Though I k ow it has no relevance to you I would have loved to see how you wove it in metaphorically. Brava!


    1. michnavs says:

      My honor Gina…yes i did (missed) out that one book intentionally and i havent read it yet too. (Lol).
      But i will take on the challenge ..will buy it and will see how i could put on my creative mind on that…

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Gina says:

        i wait for that in the future, take your time and am sure you will come up with something very interesting. once again well done


  2. Gina says:

    Publications.. Pls amend my horrible typos!


  3. ivor20 says:

    You’ve produced a life story of tales and trials, wonderfully interwoven with through the influence of your inspirational author, I thoroughly enjoyed your poem Mich, Well done


    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Ivor…😊😊

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Miriam says:

    Fabulous and full of creative fair Mich and I felt like I was travelling your journey with you. Beautifully done and I have to admit I love Paolo Coelho’s works too. 👋


    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thank you Mirriam..😊

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Oh my! This is so creative Mich. Amazing feat, weaving the books and characters into a lovely tale. ❤️


    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Punam..i am happy you like it..

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You are so welcome.


  6. Fiery says:

    Great tribute to one of my favourite authors


    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thank you😊

      Liked by 1 person

  7. pvcann says:

    Such a good choice – love his work.


    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much..

      Liked by 1 person

      1. pvcann says:

        My pleasure


  8. V.J. Knutson says:

    My son and I have all his books too, and I follow him on Instagram, lol. This is such an inspired piece and representative of how literature parallels and speaks to life. Thanks for sharing!


    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks VJ…i am happy you like it..

      Liked by 1 person

  9. murisopsis says:

    I haven’t read all of them – I’ve put them on my reading list! Thanks for reminding me!


    1. michnavs says:

      Oh its a good read….the best actually..


  10. Hélène - Willow Poetry says:

    Lovely how you weaved the stories and events from your life, giving your reader a sense of both stories unfolding together through your poem.


    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Helene😊

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Hélène - Willow Poetry says:

        My pleasure Mich.


  11. Jade M. Wong says:

    This is such a clever way to incorporate and introduce his characters and stories. I will definitely add some of these new stories to my reading list!


    1. michnavs says:

      You should Jade..they are the best😊😊

      Liked by 1 person

  12. sgeoil says:

    Well done interweaving the phases of your life with stories in the books.


    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you😊

      Liked by 1 person

      1. sgeoil says:

        A pleasure.


  13. I have lost myself in many of Paulo Coelho’s works, your poem has reminded me that there are others I’ve yet to read, thank you, Mich, you’ve left me smiling!


    1. michnavs says:

      I am happy to have put a smile on your face kim☺

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I can hardly wait to read some new works by this very talented author!


  14. Winnie says:

    Wow! What a great compilation. He is one of my favorite authors too!


  15. Anita Bacha says:

    Wow 😲 clever, creative and funny 😄
    Paulo Coelho is one of my writers too. His writing is effortless and brilliantly original.


    1. michnavs says:

      Oh, so glad to know that..😊

      Liked by 1 person

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