Poem: Citizen, Where Are You? (translation/version of ¿Dónde estás Ciudadano, Ciudadana?)

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Citizen, Where Are You?

(translation/version of ¿Dónde estás Ciudadano, Ciudadana?)

by Luis S. González-Acevedo

Sad is the destiny
of a colonized people,
its soul torn
and ways violated! …

… By becoming the answer
to the age-old question:
As concerns Puerto Rico,
who will set it free?

Liberty is a right,
a universal foundation,
something that Puerto Rico
has never truly enjoyed …

… Pedro Albizu Campos and Blanca Canales:
patriots of renown.
In a delirious search for freedom,
their spirits call each of us by name
and proclaim: “We’ve come to share our courage!”

 

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palabras del maestro después del huracán

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palabras del maestro después del huracán

4 de octubre de 2017

por don pedro albizu campos y luis s. gonzález-acevedo

nota: las palabras del maestro don pedro comienzan cada estrofa y son la totalidad de la última.

 

hay un anhelo de superación puertorriqueño

anhelo que ninguna fuerza

huracanada podrá arrasar

 

hay una grandeza puertorriqueña

grandeza de un pueblo magno

con el espíritu de utuado y lares

el corazón del gigante adjunteño

y el valor jayuyano y ponceño

virtudes que una fuerza torrencial

no podrá quebrar

 

hay una visión de belleza puertorriqueña

belleza eterna que en momentos de crisis

eleva su estrella al cielo

y resplandece al luchar y progresar

 

hay una fe puertorriqueña

que se extiende hacia la eternidad

de generaciones por nacer de grandes y nobles

y santos puertorriqueños

Poem: High School Graduate’s Ode (translation of Oda del Graduando)

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High School Graduate’s Ode

(translation of Oda del Graduando)

by Luis S. González-Acevedo

Graduation is delightful,
challenging us to continue,
highlighting admiration
and love for our second home…

…You sustained us through life’s theater
by providing education;
yet the play has not concluded
because the curtain has not fallen.

The “play” is the life
that each of us lives;
“not concluded” is the measure
of wisdom to be acquired…

…With every first-year class that enters,
there are also sad farewells.
Graduates proclaiming “Yes!
Our triumphs and lives are yours.” …

…Our motto is profound,
displaying nobly in our thoughts:
“In pursuit of success,
In pursuit of victory!”

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Coming Soon! –a future of dreams–

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Coming Soon!

Release of…

a future of dreams

 

by Luis S. González-Acevedo

Release Date: June 1, 2018


Áxel Vivar is an average human,
an extraordinary person.

He was born in the past,
and will die in the future.
What will happen in between?

Áxel left his island paradise,
searching for the secrets of time.
Will he find them?
Will time let him?

Do geographical locations reveal time’s secrets?
What do cities, sites, and spaces tell us about time?

Can time’s birth-death boundaries be broken?
Can true love help him?
How?

Will Áxel return triumphant to his Caribbean home?

–a story of time & eternity, mortality & immortality, romance & love–
–a tale for mortals–


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