Un Verano en Nueba Yol

La Pompa del Bloque Me Lleva a La Lluvia de el Barrio

By Ashley Grullon

the reason we like to play with la pompa is simple

it’s as if in that moment



and the rest of the little carajitos from la 182nd y Audubon

are transported back to the barrio

where we were fortunate to spend our summers

the barrio where

when it rained

we were free

corriendo y jugando


uno al otro

y cantando la escuelita

thanking the gods for la lluvia

la lluvia that we begged for

after we had 5 funditas de agua

and still weren’t cooled down enough


Ashley Grullon, 20 years old. Pronouns are she, her, and hers. Born and raised in Washington Heights, New York City. Mami is from San Francisco de Macoris and Papi is from Nagua. Currently studying at the University of Virginia.

Double majoring in Latin American Studies and American Studies with a concentration in Race and Ethnicity and minoring in Latinx Studies. I’ve been writing for about 6 years but have recently had the confidence to share it with others. 



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