These Words Will Not Go Up In Smoke!!!!!!!!! Borinquen Mio

These Words Will Not Go Up In Smoke!!!!!!!!!
Borinquen Mio

The smoke slowly rises
From the puffs of my Yunque lips
See how it slowly dances in circles
Curling, hypnotizing, enticing
Making holes in the middle
For you to slither through
Don’t be afraid
It is the inner child that is speaking
Of the smoke that tells you the truth
Of the fire, the sparks, passion and the souls
Of the Tainio Indians, of their Borinquen
But no one dares to listen, no one dares to look.
Listen my child, for the future belongs to you

Dance and Listen
To the heavy rhythm of our ancestor’s hearts
Listen carefully to our hearts
Dance my child
Dance to an ancient beat of old
All dressed in white
Swirl around the fire
To the drum beat of my smoke
To the times when our lands
Were taken away
When we disappeared into the veins
Of another nation
Think of the many times when we came home
With empty hands.
Dance my little one with heavy feet on the ground
Where you are secure and need to grow heavy thick roots
Deep into the ground.
Winds of another world of turmoil
Are arising
So dance my little one
With heavy feet on the ground and listen
Blow the smoke from your own lips
The new ideas that we need
Let go of the milking breast
And grasp to what is real
Remember your past, your present and your future.
And as you learn from all of the visions of the past
Dance to your future
Blowing the pipe of my Yunque lips that speaks
That smoke of truth
Learn one thing
Not everything that you see is reality
Not everything you hear is the truth
Winds of turmoil are coming
Dance my child to the heavy rhythm of smoke
Of truth
Be free
And you will make Borinquen proud again.

These Words Will Not Go Up In Smoke!!!!!!!!! Borinquen Mio

Arco Iris  R

Joined May 2009

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Borinquen is the Taino Indian word for Puerto Rico which is still used today in a very affectionate way.
El Yunque is a national reserve full of mountains where the native Tainos worshiped and said that the Gods lived there. It was a very sacred place and it was also used for the slaves to run and hide. It is very famous and it seems to have watched over us.
The Caribbean National Forest is located 40 kilometers east of San Juan metro area. It consist of 28,000 acres of the most beautiful Rain Forest in the world. It is characterized by a rugged topography and an overabundant, highly diverse vegetation. There are 240 native tree species, 23 of them found only in El Yunque. 88 Rare tree species. 50 native orchids and 150 types of ferns.

For the Taino indians, the Luquillo Mountain Range was a sacred place. The word “Yuke” means white lands in reference to the mountain tops which are usually covered by clouds. Petroglyphs can be found in some remote parts of these mountains.

When I wrote this I was thinking about the fate of the Puerto Ricans inside the island and outside. Though many Puerto Ricans get well educated and become professionals, many move to the United States looking for work and better pay. I don’t know why being citizens of the United States, it is very hard for them to own homes. Many Puerto Ricans born in the United States has been really a struggle for them to make it. In Puerto Rico, we have always been governed by other nations and right now we are a commonwealth of the United States. Many are receiving federal funding to survive, but we also pay our taxes. We go join the military. What I don’t figure is why people don’t want to become a state. They want their cake and eat it too. We’d be better off. But, for those who don’t want to become a state, they take advantage of the federal programs. So they are still milking the breast. Now with all of the economic issues, world turmoils, weather issues we are also in this mess the whole world is in.
Yes, the taino Indians disappeared with the intermarriages and we are a mixed blood, African, Spaniard, and Taino, we are also slowly loosing ourselves to the American way. We still speak in Spanish but everything is paid in plastic and nobody wants to work the land. My worry is also the situation now arising in Arizona and other states that might follow and make it even harder for us.
Now as I write this, I was reminded of the fight the Irish, the Scot’s, the African American and other countries have to deal with by others invading their lands. So my piece is also dedicated to all of my brothers around the world.

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