La Gringuita

Author: 
Lobsang I. Enríquez
Year: 
2000
Place Winner: 
2nd Place
Ringtone: 

Allá en el desierto triste,
Por sus bajadas,
Cerca de un mesquite,
Vivía una gringa
Muy desdichada
Por ser chaparra.

Ella, desde chiquita,
Por ser chiquita
Al cielo pedía,
Pero nada sucedía.
Su alma se quedó vacía,
Como un río que corría.

Su estatura era tan baja
Que sus amigos en la escuela
De ella se alejaban.
Su rechazo era tan raro,
Que nadie lo entendía,
Pues a un lado se hacían.

Esos estudiantes eran dictadores
Pues a ella la juzgaban,
Y no le escuchaban.
Ay, pobre gringuita, cómo ha sufrido,
Por esos delincuentes,
¡Bola de ignorantes!

El tiempo pasó, pero no creció.
A un hispano conoció.
Su estatura y caderas lo embrujaron,
Que hasta el altar llegaron.
Ese amor cerró el vacío
Que en su alma encerraron.

Esos estudiantes eran dictadores
Pues a ella la juzgaban,
Y no le escuchaban.
Ay, pobre gringuita, cómo ha sufrido,
Por esos delincuentes,
¡Bola de ignorantes!

 

La Gringuita

Out in the lonely desert
Under a mesquite tree,
There lived a little gringa
As short as she could be,
And though this was a simple thing,
It was her misery.

Since she was a little girl,
She wished that she’d be tall.
Her prayer was never answered,
She never grew at all.
Her soul was filled with emptiness,
Like a rushing waterfall.

This gringa was so tiny
That all the kids in school
Drew away and laughed at her
As if she were a fool,
But no one understood just why
They chose to be so cruel.

Those classmates were dictators
Who judged her on her height,
And did it just for spite.
Poor gringuita, how she suffered
Because they were so cruel,
That stupid bunch of fools!

Time went on, and she never did grow.
A Hispanic man she came to know.
He was bewitched by her height and her hips,
And soon at the altar she kissed his lips.
This love filled up the empty space
Her classmates left when they laughed in her face.

Those classmates were dictators
Who judged her on her height,
And did it just for spite.
Poor gringuita, how she suffered
Because they were so cruel,
That stupid bunch of fools!

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