Family continued

September 5, 2021

My uncle, Guadalupe, before he left Puerto Rico. The de Jesus’: My uncle (seated) with (from left to right) my cousin, Julie, his wife Ana, and my aunt Pina.  The picture in the frame is the only photo of my grandmother, Julia Malavé Velasquez. My cousins in a “memory” photo probably taken in the ea…

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Family and history

September 4, 2021

From left to right: The Robles— Auroro, Natividad, and my grandparents, Fernanda and Francisco I only saw my paternal grandfather once and my paternal grandmother once.  I saw them together only once when I went to Puerto Rico (Boriken) when I was 6 years old. I remember running up a beautiful green…

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A rabbit in the moon

September 2, 2021

In many Native American mythologies, the Moon is female and a rabbit has made tracks across her body.  The Taino called the moon Karaya.  The Mayan name of the goddess is Ix Chel. This drawing was done over 5 years ago and recently I decided paint it with watercolors.  Strangely enough, this year my…

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Butterfly garden in 2021

September 1, 2021

    Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly In 2020, my sister moved in with me and my husband. She never had an outside flower garden, so we embarked upon planting some from seeds and bulbs.  We bought a “Butterfly Garden” set of bulbs and we planted them in March, 2021. It took a while for t…

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Lost and Found

August 31, 2021

I painted this in the 80s and remember doing the shadows and enjoying the painting process.  I used a reference photo but don’t remember where the photo came from. It resided in my parents’ home for many years.  I must have brought it back with me when I returned to DC after living in NY for a year.…

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The Space in Between

August 30, 2021

The spaces that exist between and within us. The space around and in my heart that you filled with joy, serenity and love is now empty. The space beside me is barren and cold. The space inside is numb with the pain of loss. Spaces that were filled are not just space. They were a gap and are now a ch…

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The Sign

August 29, 2021

I had to ask I had to make sure that what I knew in my heart wasn’t true … But it was. Tears of pain Tears of sadness No sign from above that all would be right I asked the sacred tree for a sign and it was given. Not what I wanted to hear, but needed to know. Destiny fulfilled Time to move on alone…

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Near yet far

August 27, 2021

The rainbow and the hawk arranged for our hearts to join for a moment in time. The ocean waves played and splashed on the shore and concurred as the sea birds soared above. The setting sun and the crimson sky warmed our souls as we met again and for the first time. You were near and far, as I walked…

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The others

August 26, 2021

You look furtively at the other ones’ eyes Their brown eyes mysterious and deep Thoughts and feeling you know nothing about Even though you tried hard to make them forget They remember They remember the earth, her mountains, rivers, green grass, soaring eagles, dark caves, animals running free and w…

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Stolen Kiss

August 25, 2021

Self-portrait. You were curious about the exotic look and feel. Dark eyes felt you were unattainable. My lack of a sense of adventure was molded by rigid segregationist thinking. We worked together never really revealing ourselves to each other keeping an air of mystery about our respective lives. M…

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