La Crisálida (The Crysalis)
"Quien soy yo? Díme, porque no sé."
"Who am I? Tell me, because I don't know."
This quote represents the frame of mind I have often slipped into, where in the confusion of trying to discover who I am, I look to others to define me, instead of within myself. It, and many of the other quotes on these two works, are in Spanish, because my Puerto Rican heritage is an integral part of who I am, and always will be.
"No puedo, no puedo, porque..."
"I can't, I can't, because..."
Excuses, excuses, for not pursuing my ultimate best.
"The way my mind trips/you’d be thinking i had some sort of disease."
An excerpt from the first spoken word poem I ever wrote, which talked about my feelings of confusion concerning my identity and emotions.
"The world is as it was, and as it will be... there is nothing i can do to change it."
As a teenager, it often feels like any effort I make to initiate change in my world is pointless, because I am only me. We are told history repeats itself, despite anyone's efforts to changing it for the better.
La Mariposa (The Butterfly)
"I have endless possibilities. The universe is mine to discover."
I have realized that I do not have to allow myself to be limited by my circumstance. No matter what difficulties present themselves, I can find a way to overcome them. There is a world of beauty and inspiration out there, waiting to be shared.
"Soy una mujer, y soy hermosa."
"I am a woman, and I am beautiful."
La Mariposa (The Butterfly) detail
|I'm no less, nor greater than any other human being. My gender does not define me, but it is a part of my identity.
"Soy una criatura de luz y amor y de la poesía."
"I am a creature of light and love and poetry."
"The slightest flutter of my wing...can create a hurricane of enlightenment that changes the world."
In direct contrast to the thought that there is nothing we can do to change the world, nothing we can do to change our fate, the Butterfly Effect Theory says even the smallest draft created by a butterfly's flight can cause a hurricane on the other side of the globe. In that mindset, I hope to continue to work towards positive change in our world, knowing that the small things I do here may make an even greater impact somewhere else in the global community.