People get excited

when I say I live in 

Puerto Rico. 

Assuming my life is 

an easy paradise of 

rum and beaches

Salsa music and beautiful people.

People who make

struggle look easy,

Love easy 

Rs become Ls


It’s easy invading thoughts 

of reality 

how capitalism caused

tourism to seem easy

but our lives are 

far from easy.

We barely live

where you vacation.

It’s easy to be blinded by

buildings that break 

families easy.

Pay less 

Work hard

but want to privatize 

beaches easy.

Close 184 public schools easy.

Give us a passport 

silence our votes easy.

Demand the debt,

poison our water

turn dreams into 

nightmares easy.

It’s easy to be colorblind

colonized and creolized.    

Easy to forget 

to numb, fuck, 

and to drink easy. 

It’s easy to die

but we want to live.

We want freedom 


We want an audit 


We want equality


We demand justice 



it won’t be easy.  


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About EssahCozett

26|| Liberian-American || Woman of God || Cultural Advocate || Poet ||

10 responses to “Expatriate ”

  1. Jonathan F. Rodríguez says :

    Reblogged this on Jonathan en Altavoz and commented:
    Reflexión entre la lucha… perspectiva desde adentro. Poesía de los de abajo. Mi parte favorita: “We barely live where you vacation.” Preach it Essah.

  2. Thoughts and Views says :

    Corruption in Puerto Rico dominates the good in people. The poor always pays the price. This is Paradise. We just need to learn how to separate from Dirty Politics.

  3. Rease Kirchner (@IndecisiveRease) says :

    I love this. I wish I could have loved Puerto Rico the way you do, but thank you for not pretending like the Island of Enchantment is always paradise.

  4. erinwrote says :

    This is beautiful. I appreciate the play on “easy,” and the complexity of where you place blame(s). Thanks for sharing.

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