Lucumi.
Article Type: Poem
Author: Flores, Shaggy
Pub Date: 12/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 2
Accession Number: 306754398
Full Text: [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Shaggy Flores, New York City
Lucumi
(for Freddie Moreno)

   Moreno
   Let your legend
   be told
   around camp fires
   Not through Chains
   and Bullwhips
   But through Areitos
   and Tambor Sessions.
   Last of the Bakongo
   First of the
   Bata Beating
   Ashe Healing
   Shaka Zulu
   Ashanti
   Dahomey
   Warrior Princes
   Moreno
   you speak in fire
   and move
   in Clave rhythms.

   El hijo
   De Shango
   Son ofLoiza
   Spirit of Boriquen
   Afro-Taino
   Citizen of the Commonwealth
   OfCubop
   Tu memoria
   Shall live
   in the words
   and deeds
   of Conga Children.

   Moreno
   Let your nom de guerre
   live beyond the darkness
   of your Shadow
   Let those who seek the light
   find sleep
   in between the comfort
   of Symphony notes
   and Berimbau assassinations.

   Moreno
   We know
   and love you
   because you represent
   amor y paz
   in an age of darkness
   when things fall apart
   and the world craves
   the truth of our existence.

   There is no tomorrow
   Without the today
   Because the Today
   Is all some of us really have
   So let us remember you,
   Moreno

   Nuestro Hermano
   Nuestro Reflection
   Nuestro destino
   Nuestro amigo
   Lo mejor
   De Nuestro
   Pueblo Latino
   Pa'lante
   Siempre, Pa'lante!
   Moreno.
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