The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the psalms of David are chants and songs praise.The baptismal rite is a joyful occasion.
Here I have willingly twisted these sacred rites and chosen some of the ugliest English words, which translate into some of the ugliest Spanish words I know. Even the most terrible-sounding words that carry the most hurtful meanings cannot begin to describe the pain of rejection.
Litany of the Disenchanted Island
I renounce the sun the sea and all that sings:
take back your enchantment your sirens your illusions
I will no longer wreck my boat upon your island
beachless surrounded by jagged rocks and false promise.
Oh disenchanted island queen of lies:
how long have I listened to your Piper’s tune?
your malecón worse than the streets of Hamelin
where souls lured by black magic march toward death.
Whoring siren ungrateful Piper shall I pay you with my blood?
How long will you laugh at my cries a thousand ahs! cast into the sea?
Cursed be the day I learned the psalms that even David would hate
declaimed in a tongue as cutting as the rocks that choke the shore.
Sorceress of scorn inflictor of all pain
merciless mystic mother where is your chaste and cherished child?
I reject you and all your works oh house of fool’s gold.
Far from you shattered mirror of injustice I will seek other seas.