WoW Fridays: Rudy Francisco

Well, my friends, here we are. It’s the end of our Much Ado week at Words Become Superfluous, which means that we’re down to our very last theme. As promised, I’ve saved the best for last, and as I’m sure you’ve all already guessed, today we’re talking about:


Of course we are! Would you have it any other way?

Benedick and Beatrice are on my top ten list of fictional character couples, for sure. They’re like the original Clark and Claudette.  The witty banter! The undeniable attraction! The witty banter! Have I mentioned that I really love the way these two talk to each other?

Benedick: A miracle! Here’s our own hands against our hearts. Come, I will have thee. But, by this light, I take thee for pity.

Beatrice: I would not deny you. But, by this good day, I yield upon great persuasion and partly to save your life, for I was told you were in a consumption.

Benedick: Peace! I will stop your mouth.

It Happened One Night

And speaking of talking to each other … I was all set to be witty and charming and maybe a tiny bit snarky today, since Dave and I are at the end of our little challenge and the man of the hour has, at least at the time of this posting, still not written me my quatrain. *

But. But. But.

The other night I was staying up past my bedtime because Neil from My Prezel Logic has come back to blogging after some time away, so there was catching up to be done. And by “catching up” I mean that Neil wrote something lovely and evocative and then I exclamation-marked all over it and then he introduced me to the works of Rudy Francisco and then I stayed up for far too long watching Youtube videos of Rudy’s performances instead of going to bed like a normal, non-word-nerd girl.


And now I can’t be witty or charming or even a little bit snarky at all, because I’m too busy swooning. I told you earlier in the week that Neil introduced me to someone who gave me butterflies, and now it’s my turn to introduce him to you. Everyone, meet Rudy Francisco. Rudy, this is everyone. Rudy is a poet from San Diego (what is it about me and boys from San Diego?! Do they put something in the water out there?!?)

I couldn’t narrow it down to a single quote, so for this edition of Words of Wisdom, I’m giving you the whole poem. Dave, sugar, take notes.

love amb* He had finals this week and is graduating tomorrow, so all is forgiven. For now.




Darn right it's all forgiven. - Dave

Darn right it’s all forgiven. – Dave


16 thoughts on “WoW Fridays: Rudy Francisco

  1. I am not even sure where to start, he’s amazing. And, I love the smile he wears all the while, causing swoons everywhere I am sure. Amb, its way past my bedtime, so my witty is waning, and fast, but I must say that witty banter is indeed swoon-worthy in all cases, so while I was ahead by one, with the Switched at Birth selection,I am now down one because I must now revisit Much Ado…it’s just been far too long. Now, it is much ado about…sleep. Well done, my friend, well done. Another great week in blog land (an hopefully in life land also!). xox

    • I know, right?!? I love his smile too. He seems like he has a really great sense of humour. Sometimes “spoken word artists” can come off as just a tad pretentious, but not Rudy! (lol I say this as if I actually know the man. I have a problem, I know).

      Have a wonderful, restful sleep and I know we’ll talk soon! In the meantime, thanks so much for coming along with me this week. Blog land and life land are both better because you’re in them! xoox

    • Isn’t he just?!? I swoon. I swoon repeatedly. I love the way he mixes humour in with these really heartfelt, beautiful sentiments. That, and his smile just about knocks my socks off. 😉

  2. glad to make the introduction, amb. i think the success of rudy’s work mainly come from the great delivery, he doesn’t take himself too seriously, and of course the colloquial tone of his material. awesome!

    • Totally agree. His delivery is outstanding – relaxed but completely confident and able to hold the attention of the room. And on top of all that, he makes me laugh! Funny boys are the best boys.

      Have a fabulous weekend, and I’ll be visiting you next week. Looking forward to your playlist going up!

  3. entertaining 🙂 (both you and Rudy) All told, you took it pretty easy on Dave and I’m sure the quatrain is in the mail. Also fun to see It Happened One Night here again.

    Re: the poem. Outside of those angsty teen years, I’ve never been much for love poems or even poetry in general (sorry sorry–I feel that admitting this is sacrilege here). Was trained in science and though I also feel I have a creative side (with food anyway), I’ve just never been all that moved by poems. Wondering if I’m missing a gene or something?

    Rudy was fun to listen to and his words were well played and obviously genuine and sincere. But (yes, the but) having been married almost two decades, I don’t see love that way anymore. In my experience it’s less about the magic and wanting to consume each other and more about surviving the minefield that is each day and being committed enough to stick it out even though sometimes you’ve had enough. Would imagine having young kids has a lot to do with those minefields and having enough. Not a ringing endorsement for marriage, but it’s been my reality and I think it’s pretty common with other middle age (ouch) couples with kids. So. Here’s to passionately romantic male poets who have great style. Refreshing for sure! Wonder what poetry he’ll write for his bride of that 60 years. I’d like to hear it 🙂

    Loving your Much Ado week. Are you having a wrap party? I can bring cocktails (weary chef’s happy hour today) and and banana-ful baked goods.

    • Good morning Liz! Happy Friday!

      Thanks, I thought I was pretty well behaved too. As for my poem, if you get a chance to visit BoFN today, remind him of that, would you? He’s talking some nonsense about making his victory speech. 😉

      I was happy to have It Happened One Night here again. I may have to give that movie it’s own week here sometime! There’s just so much goodness in there to talk about.

      You can admit anything you like here! Especially if you’re going to leave such a thoughtful, articulate comment. It makes me so happy to have readers who are comfortable sharing and expressing their thoughts, whether they agree with me or not is a moo point! (Like a cow’s opinion. Just doesn’t matter). Seriously, the only thing that matters is that you take the time to come visit and chat. I appreciate it so much! Keep it coming, and don’t ever worry about committing sacrilege here! 🙂

      I think that’s a really good point – it’s easy to be romantic and swoon-worthy about love and relationships when you’re in the early, sparkly stages and all you have to concern yourselves with is each other. Bringing other tiny humans into the relationship and taking responsibility for them is bound to change things. How could it not?

      Yes, please let’s have a wrap party, I’d love that! I’ll have whatever the weary chef is drinking, and you know I’m up for anything banana-ful! This will be on the deLiz page at some point, yes? I’ll link to it here on Monday!

      • I’ll take your moo point Friends reference and raise you… well, I don’t have anything to raise it with, but wanted you to know I caught that 😉 Too bad Joey’s spin-off wasn’t awesome.

        Are you suggesting I take our wrap party to deLiz facebook? hmmm… good plan for sure. Will need a soundtrack so we can dance. I suggest some Walk the Moon–what else?

      • I knew you would!!! 😉 Agreed about Joey’s sitcom – I wanted to love it so badly, and it was only just ok.

        I thought deLiz facebook would be a good spot for it since I know you usually post WC’s cocktails there anyway. But we can have the party anywhere you want – you know I’ll be there!

        And yes to having a dance party!! Walk the Moon for sure. I’m currently listening to a summer playlist on Songza and Sly and the Family Stone just came on … “different strokes for different folks, and so on and so on and scooby dooby do…” 😀

  4. Oh, and yes to It Happened One Night Week @WBS. I’m there! You could even link to a donut recipe 🙂 And I see that I’ve labeled myself as a middle aged coupe. lol. Happy Friday!

  5. Oh, Amb – I am new to your blog, and what an introduction! Thank you for sharing this incredible poet with us, and thank you for your fabulous thoughts and words. I am going to enjoy this… 🙂

    • Karen!! My goodness, what a lovely thing to say. Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you’ve found something here that you liked and I’m looking forward to exploring your blog as well. In the meantime, please, continue to enjoy 🙂

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