” #magicmakingisnotforpendejas defined
(For Darrel Alejandro Holnes)
Magic maker: mag·ic/ mak·er noun:
1. a person with the power of influencing the course of events in his/her life by using pura ganas, faith and mysterious or supernatural forces to create, complete or define themselves despite any and all impediments i.e. Woman; she be that mystical force; that enigmatic, enticing relentless creature that understands words make bonds between mouth, muscle, memory and spirit; Able to speak herself into existence. Establishes goals. Embodies legacy. Sets the tone. She be the push. She be ever-flowing current. Builds an empire by moonlight. Sacrifices sleep to dream eyes open. Learns to elegantly rise after a fall. Able to make a scar a magnum opus. Her heart be bookie rolling the dice. e.g. fearless risk- taker, mujeron, pionera, who only respects the boundaries she constructs; See essence of writer, poet, artist, producer, matriarch, cojonua, chingona or matatana.
2. Not a pendeja. “~ Peggy Robles-Alvarado, Wife, Mother, Abuela, Daughter, Writer, Poet, Producer, Educator and Founder of Robleswrites.
I met Peggy on a steamy-sticky July night in 2012 at Maria Rodriguez’ Open Mic in Queens besides the extreme weather conditions of that night Peggy blessed the stage with an outstanding performance of pure fire! Her rendition of her famous “Negrito Lindo” won her an outstanding ovation making us forget that we were under 100 degrees.
I remember walking up to her to purchase her book “Conversations with my Skin” and as always she greets everyone with a tender smile and grace, with lots of gratitude for supporting her art and buying her book. She looked at me and asked my name, after telling her my name she smiled and dedicated my copy as follows: “From one Warrior Woman to Another! Ashè.”
For me that was the beginning of our friendship and business relationship, we connected instantly.
From there Peggy and I communicated often via messages. I shared with her my thoughts about her book and when her episode of Habla Women in HBO premiered I told her how proud she made me feel of being Latina and how this was huge for us women!
A few months down the line Peggy invited me to perform at an Open Mic in Hunter College she was hosting, at first I was not sure but she encouraged me, she had been following my answers to the prompts given in the NYCLWG page and she simply stated that she believed in me and so I did. I attended the Open Mic and popped my cherry in a room filled with about 50-70 students, and she was there screaming, clapping and when I got off the stage she hugged me and told me she was proud and to always have faith in myself!
That has been the foundation of our friendship, from there until present we have supported one another not only business wise but at a personal level. She was the first person to offer her unconditional help when I decided to create Canvas of Words and became the Co-Producer but always told me “This is your baby, all I am going to do is help you deliver this baby’ and she did she was my midwife, for every step she was there.
One of the things I admire about Peggy is her ability to always find the magic in every one and in everything, she always finds a way to create and make something work and even when things don’t work she finds magic in the lessons learned that will lead to the foundation of something better.
This has been the key element in our mutual ventures, we are believers and doers, not complainers. We have worked well at always searching for ways, for paths and to open doors for us and others by simply believing in us, in others, in our magic and the magic of others. We have a healthy respect for reciprocity and dream BIG, always!
In life all we need is at least one person who believes in you besides yourself and Peggy is that person, she always manages to fit everything and everyone in her schedule from family, friends or simply anyone who needs her and I have been lucky to have her by my side to remind me that I am Magic, that I am a force but not a pendeja.
Today I want to honor her and remind her (because she also needs to be reminded) that she is Magic, she is a Force, not a pendeja.