Oye lo

jhflores February 23, 2012 Comments Off on Oye lo
Oye lo

Oye lo mi pueblo!
Te estan llamando!
Son tus raíces!
No niegues, No niegues lo que tu eres!

Dreams
of coconut trees
sugar cane
warm Caribbean playas and
Cold Piña Coladas!
Little tanned, nappy headed
Children
playing in the Casa Ríos
afraid of  “El Cuco”
and of their strict Mamas!

Men, Machos playing
Casanova with Women
dancing to the Salsa beat
Bodies move,
Exotic rituals,
Strange locations
In the background of
the mysterious night’s Heat!
But this dream
not reality!
A perverted
fantasy!

My Raíces!
Mi Familia, Mis Hermanos
Run deep
Take the real journey
take the Leap!

Winged steel bird
Arriving in the York that’s New!
Seeking streets
paved of gold and a new start
Finds you
Broken dreams
futility
and Broken hearts.

Subjected
to racist
Stereotypes and inferiority
Complexes
We are white
Yellow
Black…
All of the world’s mixes!
Moms and dads
Persevering
from Slum to Slum.
Puerto Ricans, Not
Welfare slaves
Remembering
that Jibaros
were never bums!

Ancient ancestors,
Tainos and others
living Utopia.
Columbus, the butcher
nearly peed in his pants
at the sight of the new
Latin indigenous
Cornucopia.

Slaughter
the natives
Rape the
women
All for gold
Until a priest, Las Casas
wrote to pope
On these so called
“Conquistadores”
he told.
African Slaves
brought in bondage
and chains.
Native dead bones
No graves
Decomposed by the
Tropical rains.

Intermarriages
between the races
So many cultures
features
Beautiful
Different
Faces.

We
Encompass the whole.
Melting pot
We are!
The lone, the beautiful
Caribbean Shining star!

Independence
Fought for
But never won!

How can a Grito
a shout for Lares
stand against the power of a gun?
Colony
our official status,
this economic non-power
a Joke!

Businessmen, Capitalists
sitting in tax-free offices
as they blow Cuban cigar smoke!

Revolutionaries!
Dying, Living, Struggling
for Borinken.
Peace, Justice, Independence
is what these few
are really seeking!

Heroes’ list
Runs like a
Forgotten dream
Do you know
what their efforts
what their lives
really mean?

Yuri Kochiyama
Antonio Maceo
The people of Vieques
Dr. Ramon Emeterio Betances
Jose De Matta Tereforte
Don Pedro Albizu Campos
Mariana Bracetti
Lola Rodriguez de Tío
Eugenio María de Hostos
Lolita Lebron
Rafael Cancel Miranda
The Young Lords
Los Macheteros
F.A.L.N
Cesar Chavez
Philip Veracruz
Dolores Huerta
Leonard Peltier
and the Children of Wounded Knee
El Hajj Malik Shabazz
Fred Hampton
John Huggins
Bunchy Carter
Jose Cha Cha Jimenez

And  all the Black, Native American, Puerto Rican
Political prisoners kept it real,
When others sold out
Soul Out
for a few Crumbs and
some phony clout!
Puertorriqueños!
Dominicanos!
Cubanos!
Salvadoreños!
Chicanos!
Latinos!
Black People!
Diaspora!
Your roots
lie in he
lie in she
lie in me
in abuela
in abuelo
in tío, in tía
Hermano, hermana
Papa, mama
Familia Latina
Raíces,
Pura como la sangre!
Boricua
Diaspora
where is your fire,
where is the anger
Fight oppression!
Remember your roots!
We were never supposed
to be stepped on
by racist, greedy boots!

And if physically, You
Can’t be a
Revolutionary…
And if physically, You
Can’t be a
Revolutionary…
Be One
Mentally!
For this will
one Day lead
to Cultural Awakenings.

Oye lo, Oye lo, Oye lo
Listen
Te estan llamando
Son tus raíces
No niegue,
nunca niegues
lo que tu
eres!

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