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Soñamos y Lucharemos

By <a href="/centrovoices/meet-the-authors/jani-rose">Jani Rose</a>

Soñamos y Lucharemos

We are,
Somos, lo que soy
 
Descendants of the hopeful and the practical
whose dreams tacked down the uneven path
for who we are today.
Leaving all that they knew to follow a dream
into the unknown.
From barro to concrete.
Children of the the Juanitas y Marias, Juans y Jaimes
Left to stand, in stead,, for their honor.
 
Crushed by an opportunistic system
which then pointed at them as an example
of inferiority and cultural failure,
 
We are,
Somos, lo que soy,
 
Those who break statistics
Stomp cycles,
Rework identity,
Live outloud,
Because we write.
 
Scrawling,
Blazing new paths
From El Bronx, to Manhattang,
De Brookling out into Queens.
All the way out to Stateng Isleng.
We are more than enough.
 
We are,
Somos, lo que soy.
 
The fruition of the hard work
of the the piraguero, the frutero,
the seamstress half blind
yet peering into the future.
 
Told to give up
while reaching out
with yearning hands and hearts.
Y lucharemos!
Hasta en la luna.
 
Each one taking position.
Commanding the best in us
that our heritage has to offer
because we are all!
 
We live out our dreams.
No longer allowing our faces,
our imposed names to blend together,
as a silent invisible mass.
 
Soñamos
D’el suelo hasta el firmament.
 
A renaissance is upon us.
We live in a spirit of unity,
pushing past all who come against us.
 
We hold tight to one another.
Create bonds of familial faith and love.
Raising each other up in the spirit of progress.
 
Y lucharemos.
With syncopated verses,
Our voices unified.
Spirits harmonized.
Juntos, invincible.
Will powered by the
palpable silent echoes,
the primal screams
of our elders.
 
We are those who rise up
on behalf of those who took 5 steps toward success,
and were pushed 3 steps back.
We stride 10 steps forward.
We are the vanguard.
 
With every generation separated from patria
we lose words but are blessed
with a new identity.
A language birthed in Nuyorico
shouted out into this world.
 
Y con eso,
vamos pa'lante,
sin pena.

© Jani Rose. Published by permission in Centro Voices on 10 April 2015.