Certain songs leave me paralyzed.
It’s not easy to relive childhood memories
when growing up is all that’s on your mind.
Singing along to Marc Anthony
was my reality across this living room
twenty years ago.
It’s on VHS tapes
that will never see the light of day
except for family gatherings
of rarity and importance.
I exist as I always have, yet
so much has happened since
I was in diapers.
My life has seen many a happening.
throughout this experience I’ve danced,
sang, laughed and lived too many times
to not say it all brings me back to my origins:
Salsa music, the living room
where I’ve always lived
now a beautiful collection of framed pictures
each recanting memories of sonrisas y bailar
and trips to places I never thought I would go.
I don’t know how to fail because
all is never lost if I can smile
through all the personal tragedy.
I was born to laugh
and trained to work hard;
a combination that left other
dancers in the dust.
Be it plaques on the wall
or lighting up the eyes of others,
I live to be happy.
Of all the hard times, accomplishments and
memories for better or worse
the smiles resonate so radiantly
and I am proud of who I am. – RSM