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Resilience: Borinquen

A hurricane

Creates apocalyptic destruction

Until another arrives

Bringing more destruction

But beyond tears

There is a determination

A great determination

That is as sure as the sound of a coqui.

It is as sure as the rocks

Weeks pass without electrical power

Lives are lost

But you soon learn that the Boricua’s major characteristic of the Boricua

Is character.

Character that has a spine like the mountains of the island

Fixed and firm and brave

An earthquake cracks the wall in Ponce

But Ponce does not break.

The statue of the U.S. soldier

In Yabucoa is a Puerto Rican

And he didn’t become brave

He was born to a brave land

With spine like its mountains.


Puerto Rico.

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