111 Years

****This poem was written as a personal reflection. It speaks on the issue of the continued struggle to defend the Puerto Rican culture from the effects of the American military invasion of 1898.****

Ramón Emeterio Betances, who died 111 years ago in 1898, the year of the American occupation of his homeland

Ramón Emeterio Betances, who died 111 years ago in 1898, the year of the American occupation of his homeland

My clarity
Is based on
Historical reality

i understand
Military invasions
Produce confrontation

i understand
Puerto Rico’s history
With American tyranny

i understand
The people’s insistence
On national resistance

i understand
If nothing is changed
All will remain

i understand
After 111 years
We are still here

Struggling

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