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Rompeolas:
Homenaje a
Julia de Burgos

Chicago, IL

Voy a hacer un rompeolas

con mi alegría pequeña...

No quiero que sepa el mar,

que por mi pecho van penas.

 

No quiero que toque el mar

la orilla acá de mi tierra...

Se me acabaron los sueños,

locos de sombra en la arena.

 

No quiero que mire el mar

luto de azul en mi senda...

(¡Eran auroras mis párpados,

cuando cruzó la tormenta!)

 

No quiero que llore el mar

nuevo aguacero en mi puerta...

Todos los ojos del viento

ya me lloraron por muerta.

 

Voy a hacer un rompeolas

con mi alegría pequeña,

leve alegría de saberme

mía la mano que cierra

 

No quiero que llegue el mar

hasta la sed de mi pena,

ciega en mitad de una lumbre,

rota en mitad de una ausencia

2022 | Rompeolas: Homage to Julia de Burgos @ Chicago, IL

Julia de Burgos García (February 17, 1914 – July 6, 1953) was a Puerto Rican poet, an advocate of Puerto Rican independence,member of the women's branch of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, and a civil rights activist for women and Afro-Caribbean writers.

Inspired by Julia de Burgos' poem Rompeolas, we created a mural from a place of nostalgia and longing.  This poem was one of Burgos' last pieces, written while she was in living in New York.  Our intention with this mural was, beyond capturing Julia's essence, to connect with the Puerto Rican diaspora.  This particular poem captures the longing one may feel while living far from Puerto Rico.

In this mural, Julia's hands stand out, writing the poem that transforms its surroundings, bringing forth a beautiful landscape.  The sea, the mountains, rivers and magnolias are some of the elements that are found in her poems.  It also includes the letters to Consuelo, Julia's sister, which allowed greater insights into Julia's daily life.  Finally, all these elements are accompanied by portraits of her.  A solemn one and a cheerful one, both sides of Julia.

 

This mural was created with the outmost respect, honest love and honor towards Julia de Burgos.  We hope that it helps to disseminate her legacy, and that the diaspora may feal closer to the sea.

This mural was commissioned by the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and made possible with the support of The Blomingdale Trail.

Photography by Kelvin Rodríguez