This is my bilingual book of poetry which presents my two
goals. First, I introduce a new sonnet form to add to the English
(Shakespearean), Italian (Petrarchan), and Spanish sonnets called
The Puerto Rican Sonnet, in honor of the island where I was born.
Secondly, the book also honors through poetry the Taíno
natives of Puerto Rico who were decimated by Columbus and his
men who primarily were in search of gold. It is a short story that of
the Taíno natives and I tell the story in a series of poems.
The bilingual reader will benefit most being able to read the
poems in both Spanish and English.
|THE SONNET OF PUERTO RICO: EL SONETO BORINCANO
Christopher Columbus and his men nearly wiped out the Taíno
natives of the Caribbean islands as well as almost wiping out the
natives of the Bahamas and surrounding islands. Contests were
held to see which Spaniard could with one blow of his sword cut a
Taíno man in half. Soldiers would pierce with their swords the belly
of pregnant native women, or feed their infants to hungry Mastiff
dogs. Other horrific acts were also committed by Columbus and his
men. What you read about Columbus in the history books in school
is far from the truth.
The Flag of Puerto Rico
Puerto Ricans are proud of their flag. That is a given to every
Puerto Rican. Also, if there is one creature that immediately
brings the island of Puerto Rico to mind, it is the Coqui
(pronounced Ko - Kee). To say "I am like the Coqui" is to
say, "I am Puerto Rican."
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|In February of 1504 a couple of days before February 29, 1504
Christopher Columbus found himself in Jamaica, with half of his crew having abandoned him and the
other half of his crew not happy with his command, and the natives were refusing to give any of them
any food. Knowing that on February 29 there would be an eclipse, he told the Tainos the gods were
displeased with them for not helping him and his crew. When the eclipse occurred, the natives were so
frightened they immediately became subservient to Christopher Columbus and he and his crew were
saved and were able to get supplies to continue his journey.
DID YOU KNOW