Puerto Rico al borde del abismo

San Juan, Puerto Rico (vxla/Flickr)

San Juan, Puerto Rico (vxla/Flickr)

El 1 de diciembre fue un día ínfamo en nuestra historia. A ver nuestro gobernador dar limosnas a nuestro maestro colonial era una vergüenza profunda e imperdonable. Nos parecemos como niños delincuentes que merecen castigo, aunque somos los que han sido invadidos y oprimidos. A pesar del circo que fue hecho de nuestra miseria, sigo confidente en el bien y honor de nuestro pueblo. En cambio de concentrarme en lo negativo que ha envuelto la isla en la prensa y la comunidad internacional, quiero recordar las razones que amo a mi patria de caos insuferable, y belleza inolvidable.

A Puerto Rico al borde del abismo

Isla querida,
donde la semilla
de mi familia
fue cosechá
Donde los sueños maternales
y triunfales
Fueron ahogados
debajo de
olas sin parar
Isla mía, en el medio del mar
Chocando contra piedras
de sed
Como un hombre
sofocando
En la comida favorita
Que sustenía
a su vida
Isla mía,
con pasado
bien jodío
Hasta que
echaste
las semillas
de tu raza
A las cuatro esquinas
Esperando
con ansias que
econtrar
Una vida
destinada
A la grandeza
Pero no hay vida
sin tus costas,
tus ocasos,
tus sombras
Puerto Rico
Tu gobierno chatarra
te ha traicionado
Pero tu gente
no te ha olvidado
Tus niños
siguen rezando
Porque
no hay patria
fuera de ti
No hay patria
tan querida
Para mi

***

Jonathan Marcantoni is a Puerto Rican novelist and co-owner of Aignos Publishing. His books, Kings of 7th Avenue and The Feast of San Sebastian, deal with issues of identity and corruption in both the Puerto Rican diaspora and on the island. He is co-founder (with Chris Campanioni) of the YouNiversity Project, which mentors new writers. He holds a BA in Spanish studies from the University of Tampa and a MH in creative writing from Tiffin University. He lives in Colorado Springs. You can follow him @Marcantoni1984.

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