El Coquí
(Ko'Kee)

Soy caramelo
fingernail small
con alma Taína
once you hear me
you won't forget
Coquí! coquí! coquí!

I am hard to catch.
Not many know
the origin of my song.
Coquí! coquí! coquí!

A midnight serenade
keeps the island alive.
Coquí! coquí! coquí!

I belong to the Old World.
I hide by the river
travel on a leaf of your mind
Coquí! coquí! coquí!

Judith Vasquez 1978

 

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