lnp3 at SPAMpanix.com
Sat Dec 23 16:38:55 MST 2000
Thanks, Jon. I'll pass this on to the Marxism list where all your old
friends can be found.
At 10:07 PM 12/23/00 +0000, you wrote:
>Greetings for the holiday and the New Year, and best wishes from
>Manchester. Do get/keep in touch.
>Enjoy the transculturated ditty below (which comes courtesy of Jonathan
>Jon and Susan
>Spanish and Portuguese
>University of Manchester
>jon.beasley-murray at man.ac.uk
>University of Staffordshire
>Orale! A chicano visit from San Nicolas
>'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the casa,
> Not a creature was stirring. Caramba! Que pasa?
>Los ninos were all tucked away in their camas,
> Some in long underwear, some in pijamas.
>The stockings were hung up with mucho cuidado
> in hopes that Old Santa would feel obligado
>to bring all the children, both buenos y malos
> a nice batch of dulces and buenos regalos.
>Outside in the yard there arose such a grito
> that I jumped to my feet like a frightened cabrito.
>I ran to the window and looked out afuera,
> and who in the world do you think that it era?
>Saint Nick in a sleigh and a big red sombrero
> came dashing along like a crazy bombero.
>And pulling his sleigh instead of venados
> were eight little burros approaching volados.
>I watched as they came and this quaint little hombre
> was shouting and whistling and calling by nombre:
>"Ay NORA, ay FABI, ay TASHA, ay BERTO,
> ay GINO, ay JAVI, MARCO y NIETO!"
>Then standing erect with his hands on his pecho
> he flew to the top of our very own techo
>With his round little belly like a bowl of jalea,
> he struggled to squeeze down our old chiminea.
>Then huffing and puffing at last in our sala,
> with soot smeared all over his red suit de gala,
>He filled all the stockings with lovely regalos,
> for none of the ninos had been very malos.
>Then chuckling aloud, seeming very contento,
> he turned like a flash and was gone like the viento.
>And I heard him exclaim, and this is Verdad!
> Merry Christmas to all and Feliz Navidad!
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