Negra Presentuosa
(Andres Soto)

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Something of mine is lost
Between your house and mine
It’s the heat that doesn’t singe
Not from joy
Not from anger
Nor is it a lie
That something of yours is
Between your street and my soul

Maybe it’s the hope
Of a sleepy love
I’ll know how to laugh
I’ll know how to cry
I’ll know how to give you
My love
Black girl
Black girl, I love you
Pretentious black girl
I’m dying
Give me
Life from your mouth
That is crushing me
The talons of freedom

Algo de mi se ha perdido
Entre tu casa y mi casa
Será el calor que no abrasa
No es de gozo
No es de ira
Como tampoco es mentira
Que algo de ti se ha escondido
Entre tu calle y mi alma
Será tal vez la esperanza
De un cariño adormecido
Yo sabré reír
Yo sabré llorar
Yo sabré entregarte mi cariño
Negra que te quiero
Negra presentuosa
Que me estoy muriendo
Vida de tu boca
Que me está pisando
Los talones de la libertad

“Negra Presuntuosa” is how we refer to young black girls who, in the fullness of youth, make weapons of seduction and the power of flirtatiousness.