As I exited your portal I could not contain the emotion that had welled up inside me. There was an explosion that rocked my senses, a transcendent spiritual experience. My eyes beheld your beauty, I inhaled your tropical allure and I surrendered to you.
As I made my trek into the fray of the countless others, I was a Johnny come
in this new world. The descendants
of centuries-old inhabitants are more
hospitable now. And there in the frightening exchange of linguistics, in the
maddening convergence at my welcome, it was then that I loved you. Columbus