to the diaspora

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Photo: Eddie Kim, flickr

amongst shuffling dominoes
face down,
fate upon either side.
where do we slide?
assimilating paths of red, white, and blue,
kitchen windows of red beans and rice,
the tune of rock ‘n’ roll,
or scenes of latin fever
with salsa flow.
our destiny unknown to either side.
one distinct pair
face up,
there lies a gringo with a taste of
boricua pride.


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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.