The Holy Island of Borinquén

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This poem takes a spiritual approach in re-imagining the land formation of Puerto Rico. In addition, Biblical and Greek mythological references and imagery are used to express this beautiful formation.


In the midst of a calm before a storm
she stands off the coast, the cold wet
wind brushing against her skin.

A gust of wind caresses her long black
hair; she grasps the cielo before her eyes.

Her corazón beating to the thundering sky.

A striking light shoots through her cuerpo.

The state of her nature transcending into
the sea she begins to walk as the sea parts.

Waves brushing along her piel; she
succumbs to tranquility.

Continuing forward the flow of el agua
passes through her fingers.

Contractions growing stronger the sand
below her feet begins to solidify.

The thundering sky masking her cries, the
pain increases.

She grasps the liquid azul between her palms.

Immersing her head into the el agua of solace,
the pain unbearable she chants the name of
her creator.

The lord’s prayer penetrating her mind – thy will
be done.

Contractions growing stronger she closes her
eyes for the pain to surpass.

For that moment of time she is Diana.

The goddess of birthing forever sealing her fate into
the sea.

Ready for a new vida reincarnated into an isla of

She immerses from el agua transformed.

As daybreaks the sand morphs into a beautiful isla
de Borinquén surrounded by transparent blue.

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Gabriel José Maldonado

Poet, Gabriel José Maldonado (also known as Neo-Literato) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate student at Bank Street College of Education, where he majors in Museum Education. In his spare time, he loves writing poetry and taking photos throughout his travels. In the future, he intends to pursue a career in preserving Hispanic and Latina/o cultures, because being Puerto Rican has made him proud to spread our culture through the arts.