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The One That Says "Ay Bendito, Coquí, Coquí" Ese Sí Es de Aquí

There was once a coquí
who was very, very happy
because he belonged to the island of Puerto Rico
this coquí.
His friends were the mockingbird (the ruiseñor)
the grey king bird (the pitirre)
the parrot, the humming bird
and the majestic hawk (the guaraguao).

The magnificent Yunque, (the rain forest)
with it’s beautiful mountains,
The river The Holy Spirit, (el Espiritu Santo)
the maga, the amapola (the hibiscus), the flamboyan,
the palm tree
They were all part of his beautiful home
where at night the famous songs of the coquis,
“Coquí, coquí, coquí
were to be heard

But one day this jíbaro coquí
(oh, though jíbaro was an inteligent one, you could be certain of this)
he started to hear other strange languages flow from other lips
because of this
in search of new knowledge
a trip he decided to take
for the United States
and climbed on an airplane for the first time
without knowing of the adventures and tales
that in his path were going to entertwine.

One of the adventures that impressed him the most
Was when in a zoo in a cage he fell.

There a lot of friends he met
the lion, the bear, the birds the monkeys
a small mouse and Alberto the poet.
They all became interrested in this strange coquí
and of this strange land where his heart was free.

So on went the adventures and the tales
but something very important fogot this coquí
that in this strange country there was not to be heard
a single "Ay bendito, nor the singing of his comrades,
“Coquí, coquí, that his heart so desperately wanted to hear
that song that is heard only in his beloved Puerto rico, in that land of his so dear.

And that is why the coquí got sick
and he was about to die
but to his beloved Pueto Rico he came back to
and his will to live sprang up with life.

This story is true
it happened exactly so
exactly as I explained it you see
I certify that it happened for the Poet Alberto is me.

A lot of beautiful things he learned
this pretty and inteligent coquí
and one of those things is that this JIBARO
stays in his Puerto Rico
where he will be alive and happy.

Coquí. Coquí. Coquí Este jíbaro se queda aquí

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First of all I want to give my very, very special friend Shoaib my thanks for letting me have this beautiful photo of our Coquí. He has always been there to help me out ever since I entered Red Bubble. Also, I want to give my thanks to my other wonderful friend pepper08 who was inspired to do another masterpiece (for that is what she does, masterpieces) when she read this poem. It is called “The Poet of The Rain Forrest”. You could see her wonderful work "here"pepper08": Now this is a tanslation of the Spanish version of El Quien Dice “Ay Bendito” Ese Sí es de Aquí. Coquí, Coquí. My son had to read the book La Cancion Verde and had to make a summury of about 10 to 14 pages or so and then make a poem about it. Even though he read and read nothing would come out, so I helped him with it. This is what we came out with. Now “Ay Bendito” is a typical Puerto Rican exclamation of woe or pity which literally means Oh Blessed. So when a person says, “Ay bendito” something has gone wrong. The saying El quien dice Ay bendito ese sí es de aquí means that the one saying this phrase comes from here, meaning Puerto Rico. And how true it is. Now,the coquí is like a very tiny frog which is harmless and when it is mating time and especially when it rains it makes the unmistakable chant of coqui, coqui. Suppossedly it cannot survive out of Puerto Rico or it will die but it has found it’s way to Hawaii where they are trying to eliminate it due to the nuisance of the chanting and because it is not a native to Hawaii.I mention the jíbaro "who is the hard working and long-suffering archetypical peasant, who is seen as more " legitimately" Puerto Rican due to rural isolation. Since the rural areas were (and still are) the zones with the least amount of English penetration, the jíbaro is also associated with limited English skills." By Dr. Alicia Pousada I hope you enjoy. And if there is something you do not understand, please feel free to ask. Iris

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  • Nascha
    Naschaover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous. I love it Iris. xx

  • Thank you verymuch Nascha. I’m so glad you liked it. It is like a children’s tale, but had to make a poem out of it. But the information about the coquí and the phrases we use and what is a jíbaro is all true. Thanks for stopping by. Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • JonoCarrick
    JonoCarrickover 5 years ago

    Iris, this is enchanting. Was like reading a fairytale.
    P.S How the heck did the Coqui find its way to Hawaii?

  • What I’ve heard is that there is a Puerto Rican community in Hawaii and that they brought it over. I guess they wanted something from Puerto Rico to remind them of their land. My husband is telling me know that it has become a plague over there. I know that when they are really loud, and when my daughter calls she says she can’t stand the noise, and she is at the other Imagine me being right here with them. I’m sure glad you liked it.

    – Arco Iris R

  • S .
    S .over 5 years ago

    Coquí, coquí, coquí !!! awwwwwwwwwwwww i loved this iris, a beautiful tale of adventure
    but the coqui’s heart is in puerto rico, this is so beautiful !!!

  • Thanks Shoaib, I’m glad you liked it. I know it sounds like a fairytlae, but it was done for a child’s school assignment. But what I really like about this one is the research I had to do so that I could come out with good information explaining some of the terms we use. Sooooooo glad you liked it. Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • Oh, and remember that in the Spanish version you replied in a very well written Spanish," Bien bonito, pero no entiendo nada?"
    Very beautiful but I don’t understand a thing?" Well, here’s to you.Shoaib. lol

    – Arco Iris R

  • Erika .
    Erika .over 5 years ago

    Enchanting tale, Iris! So sweet to read. Felt like a child reading a nice little story. xx

  • I am so glad you liked it Erika. It was meant for a child’s school project so it had to be simple, but sometimes I think we should write more for children to make us feel like children again and feel that we are in an adventure or a fairytale. I’m glad I was able to transport you back to a nice little children’s story. Now, the explanation was a little more complicated, but I thought I had to add that so that the terms and the phrases that we use were understood. Once again, thanks. Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • S .
    S .over 5 years ago


  • :) to you back. And sooooo glad to be back again in RB! And once again for the beautiful picture. It is so bright and clear. Just love it. Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 5 years ago

    Just wonderful! Enchanting with an important message. Well done!!! xoxoxo

  • Thanks you for liking it. It was done for a child’s assignment so I tried making it also as storytelling and at the same time trying to explain a little about the coqui and some of the terms and phrases we use here. Once again, thanks for reading and enjoyihng. Iris.

    – Arco Iris R

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 5 years ago

    Aww this is wonderful poetry sweetheART and what an enchanting story 5 big starz***** yay!… ;} happy hooty hippy hugglez

  • Oh, thank you very, very much. I think that once in a while we should be treated to a children’s story, even though some things that are in it are true. Thanks again. Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • raymondoantonio
    raymondoantonioover 5 years ago


  • Thank you Raymondo. Yes, home is where the heart is. At least this little coquí knows where his is at. Iris

    – Arco Iris R

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    This is so very lovely Iris :) I really enjoyed reading this :)

  • Why thank you Shelly. I know it is like a fairy tale, but the book was also. I’m so glad you liked it. I think we should write a little more for children and yes, the children in us. lol

    – Arco Iris R

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 5 years ago

    Pure Magic!!!!!! xoxoxoxo

  • Thank you Sally. I am very glad to hear from you again. I have read your poems and they are absolutely great, marvelous, and what else can I say. I am very glad you like this one. It was meant for the children, but of course the children in us loves to hear some children’s tales to makeus smile from time to time once in a while. Thanks once again, Iris

    – Arco Iris R

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