An Ode to Centro Historico

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Oh centro, oh centro.

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How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways…

I love thee openly as I lunge into your expansive web of streets, not knowing where to go.

I love thee with commitment as I press firmly against the skin of strangers bustling by.

I love thee passionately as I breathe in your vibrant color, your delicate facades

Your organillero’s out-of-tune notes and your odd, but somehow satisfying medley of smells.

I love thee with fervor, as I know the gentle mix of familiarity and the unknown fill my heart with unrivaled warmth and thrill.

In my exhausted soles, with my confused reflections

I love thee with a self I seemed to have lost.

Lost, and now found, how can I come home

To a home I am now strange to?

An adaptation of “How Do I Love Thee (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806-1861

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