Puerto Rican Obituary

By Bernice Sosa-Izquierdo

Beautifully documented is the classic Puerto Rican Obituary – a peek into the struggles and misfortunes our parents experienced upon arriving to the new land: the story of perseverance despite adversity and exploitation. No one could capture and recount our story like the great Reverend Pedro Pietri. My father was the first to introduce me to this heartful piece, and at the tender age of ten, I could not help but relate to “Juan, Miguel, Milagros, Olga, (and) Manuel (who) all died yesterday today and will all die again tomorrow”. It was their story, it is my story, it is your story, it is our story. Listen, watch, learn it and live everyday conscious of what you owe yourself. ¡Pa’lante Boricua! ¡Pa’lante Latino! ¡Siempre pa’lante y elevando!

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