Poem… Colonial Century

Colonial Century

(translation|modification of Centenario Colonial)

by Luis S. González-Acevedo

We “celebrate” the colonial century
under American rule.
“They bring peace,” Don Mario says ironically.
If they bring peace, why are they armed?

Colonizers proclaimed “liberty”
and “offered” the most precious gifts.
Today, we suffer violence and vanity.
If they bring peace, why are they armed?

What happened to the jíbaros of yesteryear?
They were battered by the northwest’s colonizing winter.
The question all jíbaros & jíbaras should consider:
If they bring peace, why are they armed?


–You can find the poem in Caribbean Poet, by Luis S. González-Acevedo or the original version in Spanish in Poemas Caribeños, por Luis S. González-Acevedo–


Poem… Peace

Peace

(translation|modification of Paz)

by Luis S. González-Acevedo

He flung his fist, then his sword;
he fired a rifle, then launched a missile:
Taking precious life,
vile men acquire power.

Eternally, he closes his eyes
and remembers his mother just before death.
He sheds a red-tinted tear:
funereal moment of eternal suffering.

Laughing, the killer looks
at the one who lets his soul fly.
Listening to agonies and supplications,
he drives a dagger through his victim once more.

At night, a mother drowns in her weeping
and remembers her boy who marched off to war.
She begs God for divine protection,
not knowing her son died with the sun.

Lamentable is the human condition,
hate and violence pour from its pores.
In pursuit of profane dominion,
humanity appropriates life.

What a beautiful flower the world would be!
If it didn’t hide a voracious thorn…
If it gave life to the moribund
and peace to the human race…


–You can find the poem in Caribbean Poet, by Luis S. González-Acevedo or the original version in Spanish in Poemas Caribeños, por Luis S. González-Acevedo–



 

Caribbean Poet (Book of Poems | Poemario)

English | inglés

Thank you to those who have supported my poetic activity. For a while, I’ve been sharing selections (incomplete) of the poems in my English-language poetry book Caribbean Poet. The shared verses are only samples of the poems in the book. My work with Caribbean Poet has concluded and the only thing that’s left is to let you know that you can continue to support the poet by buying his book at Amazon.com. Again, thank you.  –Luis S. González-Acevedo

Click on the book’s cover below…


español | Spanish

Gracias a todos los que han apoyado mi actividad poética. Hace tiempo que vengo compartiendo mi selección (incompleta) de versos de los poemas en mi libro Caribbean Poet. Los versos compartidos son sólo algunas muestras de los poemas en el poemario. Mi tarea con Caribbean Poet ha culminado y sólo queda comunicarles que si desean leer los poemas completos, favor de continuar apoyando al poeta con la compra del libro en Amazon.com. Nuevamente, gracias por su apoyo.  –Luis S. González-Acevedo

Haga clic en la portada del libro a continuación…


 

Amazon.com:  https://www.amazon.com/Caribbean-Poet-Luis-S-Gonz%C3%A1lez-Acevedo-ebook/dp/B072NGC4MN/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527777495&sr=8-1&keywords=Caribbean+poet

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Poemas Caribeños (Poemario | Book of Poems)

español | Spanish

Gracias a todos los que han apoyado mi actividad poética. Hace tiempo que vengo compartiendo mi selección (incompleta) de versos de los poemas en mi libro Poemas Caribeños. Los versos compartidos son sólo algunas muestras de los poemas en el poemario. Mi tarea con Poemas Caribeños ha culminado y sólo queda comunicarles que si desean leer los poemas completos, favor de continuar apoyando al poeta con la compra del libro en Amazon.com. Nuevamente, gracias por su apoyo. –Luis S. González-Acevedo

Haga clic en la portada del libro a continuación…


English | inglés

Thank you to those who have supported my poetic activity. For a while, I’ve been sharing selections (incomplete) of the poems in my Spanish poetry book Poemas Caribeños. The shared verses are only samples of the poems in the book. My work with Poemas Caribeños has concluded and the only thing that’s left is to let you know that you can continue to support the poet by buying his book at Amazon.com. Again, thank you. –Luis S. González-Acevedo

Click on the book’s cover below…


Amazon.com:  https://www.amazon.com/Poemas-Caribeños-Spanish-Luis-González-Acevedo-ebook/dp/B01NCTRDJC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527088997&sr=8-1&keywords=poemas+caribe%C3%B1os&dpID=51tz7Cl-hlL&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

 

 

 

Poem: Peace (translation of Paz)

Poem: Peace (translation of Paz)

Selected Verses:

He flung his fist, then his sword;
he fired a rifle, then launched a missile:
Taking precious life,
vile men acquire power…

…At night, a mother drowns in her weeping
and remembers her boy who marched off to war.
She begs God for divine protection,
not knowing her son died with the sun…

…What a beautiful flower the world would be!
If it didn’t hide a voracious thorn…
If it gave life to the moribund
and peace to the human race…

Find the complete poem @…

and the original in Spanish @…