Deeper Than That


There are no trinkets to be worn

There are no flags to fly

No shouting at the top of my lungs

No t-shirt blasting my deeper than that pride

No bandana wrapped around my head

No float I want to see passing by

For my pride….is deeper than that

Deeper than all the commercialism

Far deeper than the corporate capitalist..getting rich off the backs of the very same parade viewers

Deeper than the politician waving a flag for support

Saying vote for me, vote for me..

To celebrate and show cultural pride ; there’s nothing wrong with that

I shouted and waved the same

Before Albizu flowed through my veins

Before de Burgos beat in my heart

Before Campeche painted my eyes

Before I knew from where I came

Not for not wanting, not for want to ignore

One sided histories made for want of more and more

There are things that can’t be changed

Like the blood that flows through my veins

Blood that flows like a thousand waving flags

In sync and in harmony

With a heart that pulsates the song of a lone star

My hairs stand at the sweet sound of “La Borinquena”

Blood knows of origins in another land

Land once tended by indigenous hands

Land that gave birth to my forbearers

Etched deep within the skin I’m in

La bandera in my soul

I affirm my identity with that of the forbearers

And proclaim…..my pride is deeper than that.

© Efrain Ortiz Jr.