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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Standing

August 24, 2021

I once knew where I stood in life. I was a wife, mother, daughter, friend, sister, bound by tradition, duty and culture. A homemaker, a puerto rican, a new yorker, a student, a boricua All labels I felt very comfortable with. Each day brought a sure knowledge of where I was headed. To success Americ…

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Paradise

August 23, 2021

Papi, where is paradise? M’hija, paradise is in the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean, a small island of green mountains, cool breezes and warm sunshine. Papi, what is paradise like? M’hija, the coquíes sing you to sleep, the flamboyans wave their ruby flowers at you, oranges grow wild and the agua…

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Primitive Soul

August 22, 2021

Politely I sit through and listen to another endless so-called staff meeting With the most proper etiquette, I daintly eat my canape with paté and deliberate with sophistication and wit with my colleagues. The decorum of the moment slips in my mind as I peer beyond the visages of 20th century cultur…

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Modern Indian boys

August 21, 2021

Modern Indian boys meet General Custer at the principal’s office in high school. War dances are held in front of the 7/11 while holding on to a 40 oz. for good luck. Gang colors are the new traditional regalia as they fight each other instead of the true enemy. Manhood ceremonies are now called hazi…

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