El Gato Negro/Gioconda Belli poetry competition

El Gato Negro/Gioconda Belli poetry competition

The winner of the El Gato Negro/Gioconda Belli poetry competition was Gianmaria Fenaroli (Co- Owner of El Colibri Restaurant in SJdS), with this submission:

El ganador de la competencia de poesía “El País Bajo Mi Piel” organizado por El Gato Negro y Gioconda Belli fue Gianmaria Fenaroli (Co-Propietario del restaurante El Colibrí en SJDS), con esta presentación:

To Nicaragua

I arrived and wanted to leave the same day.

I met you and fell in love with more than just a pretty woman.

I fell in love with your ugly things.

I fell in love with your martyrs whose names are on the corners of the streets.

I fell in love with the young men and women who died for the greatest ideal, freedom.

I fell in love with the songs that described the sad reality.

I fell in love with Arlen, Luisa Amanda, Claudia, Maria Castil, Mildred,

I fell in love with Carlos, Camilo, German, Leonel and Sandino,

I fell in love with those who had just left,

We could have been friends, brothers and accomplices.

I fell in love with their gestures.

I fell in love with everything that is true and I found this only in the most humble.

I fell in love with courage and a country’s sacrifice and its mothers.

I am in love with your dead ones.

Gianmaria Fenaroli

A Nicaragua

Llegué y el mismo día quería marcharme.

Te conocí y me enamoré más que de una linda mujer.

Me enamoré de tus cosas feas.

Me enamoré de tus mártires cuyos nombres están en las esquinas de las calles.

Me enamoré de las y los jóvenes muertos por el más grande ideal, la libertad.

Me enamoré de las canciones que describían la triste realidad.

Me enamoré de Arlen, Luisa Amanda, Claudia, María Castil, Mildred,

Me enamoré de Carlos, Camilo, German, Leonel y Sandino,

Me enamoré de los que hace poco se habían ido,

Bien hubiéramos sido amigos, hermanos y cómplices.

Me enamoré de sus gestos.

Me enamoré de todo lo verdadero y esto lo encontré solo en lo más humilde.

Me enamoré del valor y el sacrificio de un pueblo y de sus madres.

Estoy enamorado de tus muertos.

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The subject was:

"What is it about Nicaragua that gets under your skin?"

From her book on the same theme: “El País Bajo Mi Piel”

Cool photo of a cool guy; Gianmaria, (who has been here I think over 20 years) who some members would have met at El Colibri with his wife Mary.