Awa den Biña: Aruba’s first female PM

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ORANJESTAD - Waiting impatiently backstage at the Plaza Betico Croes took me all the way back to 2005 when I introduced my first book 'Beyond Insanity.' That was the last time I felt so nervous. When it was finally time to recite my poem "Awa den Biña" dedicated to Aruba's first female Prime Minister I felt my hands shaking and I knew I lacked grip on my voice before saying a word. I asked the audience to bear with my as I paced myself to be part of one of the most precious moments in Aruban history. Press play (text of poem below).

I haven't been this nervous in a very very long time, voice trembling, hands shaking... guess it's the significance of the moment. Pabien su Excelencia Prome Minister di Aruba sra. mr. Evelyn Wever Croes ❤️🇦🇼Text of "Awa den biña" in comments below

Posted by Rosabelle Chuchi Illes on Friday, November 17, 2017

 

Awa den biña

Mi tin un leve sospecho cu bo ta bay haya hopi contratiempo
Pero mirando e sapato cu bo a bisti tur tempo,
ta kico lo a bin facil pa bo?
Un poema dedica na bo persona
Ay, mesora, skirbie den un ora
Pero n’ ta asina asina cos ta bay
Cu bo mi no por uza metafora
Cu bo mi tin e responsabilidad di dirigi mi mes cu e mesun claridad
cu bo a expresa fo’i prome biaha cu bo a tira awa den biña
cu e mesun firmesa cu cual bo a enfrenta fronteranan anticua
“Ken tawata bo ehempel?”, mi ta puntra mi mes
Bo no a lanta den un mundo cu poder balansa entre e ser masculino y e ser femenino
pues, ki mishi abo kere den bo mes capacidad pa lidera?
Di unda bo a sali cu tanto calma asina dilant’i tempestad?
y unda bo a saca e curashi di acepta retonan desconoci?
En corto: Ken bo ta kere bo ta?
Abo, mi kier stop di yama bo “bo”, bo sa?
Mi ta desea di yama bo algo otro
Algo cu lo marca historia
Algo cu lo sacudi tur mucha muhe cu ta kere cu imaginacion tin limite
Un representacion di poder mara na compasion,
cu no lo maneha e orguyo Arubiano, sino dirigie!
Algo cu lo para como un simbolo di e energia femenino
cu lo fungi como e ehempel di tuma decision cu amor
Algo cu lo transforma curason den e compas indispensabel cu semper e tawata
Abo mi kier yama algo manera Su Excelencia
Algo manera Prome Minister di Pais Aruba
Algo manera Señora
Algo manera Meester
Algo manera Evelyna Wever-Croes
Si, esey ta zona bon:
Su Excelencia Prome Minister di Pais Aruba sra. mr. Evelyna Wever-Croes
 
- Rosabelle Illes
17 di november 2017

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