Valérie Berta

Photographer
    
Location: Columbia, MO, U.S.
Nationality: American, French
Biography: Valérie Berta is an international photographer based in the United States. She was born and raised on the Riviera, in the South of France, studied English in Paris and journalism at the University of Missouri­Columbia and worked as a... read on
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Natalia Prats
Credits: valérie berta
Date of Work: 02/01/17 - Ongoing
Updated: 10/26/19
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Natalia Prats, 37, teacher, performer at heart, Columbia, MO, originally from Puerto Rico.
Natalia Prats, 37, maestra y teatrera de corazón, de Puerto Rico. 11/22/17

Cuentan de una niña que creció
Se cortó las raíces y divago
Entre frías corrientes lejanas
Su corazón caribeño se esfumó

Cuentan de una niña que creció
Se enamoró de una idea y olvidó
Las canciones de su infancia
Todas las veredas que caminó

Cuentan que sacrificó
Cuentan que olvidó
Cuentan que no lloró
Cuentan que nunca regresó

Cuentan que en el norte se arrugó
Se hizo estatua
Se congeló
Su sangre antillana se diluyó tanto
Que en el río Missouri se perdió

Cuentan que a su abuelo no lloró
El que le dio la guitarra y la canción
Y las olas ahogaron su ambición
Y en la arena sus huellas no dejó

Cuentan que sacrificó
Cuentan que olvidó
Cuentan que no lloró
Cuentan que nunca regresó.


They talk of a girl who grew up
Tore her roots and billowed away
Towards cold and far away currents in the north
Her Caribbean heart vanished

They talk of a girl who grew up
She fell in love with an idea
And forgot
The songs of her childhood
The trails she walked

They say she sacrificed
They say she forgot
They say she never cried
They say she never returned

She aged
She became a statue
She froze
Her Antillian blood diluted so much
And in the Missouri river she got lost

They say she didn´t mourn her grandfather
He that taught her the guitar and the song
The waves carried her ambitions away
And no footprints were left 

They say she sacrificed
They say she forgot
They say she never cried
They say she never returned.

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