I am from heat waves and long days

I am from Abuelos , Abuelas , Primos y Amigos

I am from stray dogs but no stray cats

I am from mango and passion fruit trees filling the streets with marvelous sweet aromas

I am from villages not cities

I am from mountains and hills

I am from block parties that don’t include one block but one whole village

I am from where our complexion is oddly opposite but yes we’re related

I am from where we walk a mile to reach a corner store

I am from laughter and joyfulness filling the air and hearts of all around us

I am from Adobo , Sazon and Sofrito

I am from Patellios , Arroz con Gandules and Pollo frito

I am from the myths of el chupacabra

I am from salsa , bachata and merengue

I am from novelas

I am Villalba , Puerto Rico.

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