Adios Puerto Rico.
It was like I never left. You welcomed me back with open arms, hot mofongo, and plenty of coffee.
But, you wouldn't let me leave thinking you were the same Puerto Rico. You're changing and you wanted to show me that.
You gave me new destinations, you gave me new connections. You gave me new experiences, and you made me go new directions.
You reminded me about your relentless and unpredictable precipitation. You made me realise that this trip was no typical vacation.
You gave me me soft ground to sleep on at night. You gave me rolling clouds that blocked the light.
You provided me with water, delicious, fresh, and clear. You supplied some heavy waves that held me under to provoke fear.
You gave me warmth, you gave me cool. You gave me a greater appreciation of the drive to school.
You gave me access to some of your wildest jungles. You gave me a glimpse into some of the hardest struggles.
On the slick paths up steep hills, you offered rope. For the most hard fought battles, you showed me hope.
You brought forth kindred spirits and those willing to educate. You revealed hospitality that I hope I can replicate.
You gave me time where I could allow myself to listen, and not speak. And in the end, Puerto Rico, you proved how clearly you are unique.
Puerto Rico, eres un regalo. Es un hecho. Y entonces, decimos: yo te protejo.
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