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   IN OUR OWN VOICES
      
          
An excerpt from a poem by Ntozake Shange

PORQUE NO ESTAS CONMIGO  my song for Hector Lavoe*  
                     

nuestra vida es permanente

si ellos vienen con todas las armas, n'importa porque
nosotros somos an army of marathon dancers
lovers
seekers
and collectors

we have never met an enemy we can't outlive

querido, i can assure you myself
that nobody's gonna take you away,
mangle
deform
the sound of you
in our lives
 

*Hector Lavoe was a Puerto Rican salsa singer who died from AIDS in 1993.

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