2. Te Amo, Te Quiero, Cariña

2. Te Amo, Te Quiero, Cariña

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Happily Ever After

Te Amo, Te Quiero, Cariña

They met in the dawn of their childhood.
As kids they would play man and wife.
And they knew even then, before they were ten,
They’d share the rest of their lives.
They played in her tea-castle garden,
’Neath the shade of an old tamarind tree.
In his poor Key West clothes, he gave her a rose
And whispered these words tenderly:
“Te amo, te quiero, cariña”
He said as he whispered her name.
“I love you, I want you my precious one.”
These words set her heart all aflame.
And they danced ’neath the stars to the sound of guitars,
“Te amo, te quiero, cariña.”
In the noon of their lives they courted,
No longer young children at play.
And they spoke not a word, only heartbeats were heard,
As they kneeled to worship and pray.
They married in an old Spanish churchyard,
’Neath the shade of an old tamarind tree.
In his best Key West clothes, he gave her a rose
And whispered these words tenderly:
“Te amo, te quiero, cariña”
He said as he whispered her name.
“I love you, I want you my precious one.”
These words set her heart all aflame.
And they danced ’neath the stars to the sound of guitars,
“Te amo, te quiero, cariña.”
In the twilight of life she goes walking,
To where their song was first sung.
And she sees his sweet face in memory’s fond place,
In a time when they were both young.
Now he sleeps in an old Spanish churchyard,
’Neath the shade of an old tamarind tree.
In her old woman’s clothes she brings him a rose
And whispers these words tenderly:
“Te amo, te quiero, cariño”
She says as she whispers his name.
“I love you, I want you my precious one.”
These words set her heart all aflame.
She can’t hold back the tears after all of these years,
“Te amo, te quiero, cariña.”

~Patrick Mendoza
Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul

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