“Sentimientos in Waves” Collection Series – I Believe In

Hey ya’ll!

I want to start this post off by saying how grateful and humbled I am by all the amazing comments and support I’ve been getting for this feature series! I honestly never thought I’d be comfortable enough to share pieces that I’ve written with a whole bunch of people, but ya’ll have made this experience absolutely amazing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love.

This post is the first of three poetry pieces! I was really nervous about this assignment so when my professor gave us prompts we could use to think about the work we wanted to create, I jumped at them. So this poem is inspired by Ray Gonzalez’s poem “Praise the Tortilla, Praise the Menudo, Praise the Chorizo.” I will share a link to it here, so you can check out my inspiration. But beyond that, I really hope you all enjoy this piece.

Let’s get started!

I Believe In

I believe in braids, three strands woven

together at the back of my head,

my prima pulling and tugging at my

stubborn mane with her pointed nails

to make me presentable to

vecinos and visitantes.

I believe in braids that morph into

a crown, pushing me to embody my

royal title of princesa,

why did I carry it quietly?


I believe in arepas and their power of

healing, how the melted mantequilla

dripped from my fingers,

the gooey, hot cheese inside

my mouth is enough

to remind me of the person gone

from this table, the empty chair at the head

only a mirage in the desert

now filled with the loving memory

of the matriarch who once held court and

reigned over us, strict yet as warm as

the cocoon inside her arms.


I believe in coming home, stepping

into the room that holds your

ten year old memories ready to embrace

you at twenty-four, falling

into the arms of a friend lost to tiempo

and cambio and miles of separation.

But mostly I believe in returning

to your country, the one you had to flee

as it burned to pieces in front of you, dancing

to merengue on confetti filled streets that

shimmer with triumph under the sun.

So that’s it for this post! Please let me know what you think in the comments! I think, from this class, I am most proud of my poetry because it’s the medium most out of my comfort zone. I really hope you all enjoyed it 🙂

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