THE LA MUSES

By Luis G. Dato

The LA candidates are pretty pearls,
We think, not common, ordinary girls;
Glory and glamour certain they would give
To any court in lands of make-believe.

Purita stands five-six in stockinged feet -­
This for dalagas in itself’s a feat,
But height and build are not the only things
That lend, when we see her, our fancy wings.

She’s not distinctly white, she is not brown
Perhaps the stars, t he moon and the warm sun
Strove long for mastery in her, still strive
The hue of her complexion fine to give.

And Erny dear, forgive if words be bold
To your kind ear, but romance grovJS not old,
You are to us like dawn with silver feet,
At sight to make the fond heart skip a beat.

O there be girls of diverse forms and faces,
We meet them in the most unlikely places,
But all are one, they bruise our heart like roses
Whose scented petal a sharp thorn encloses.

This one is singular, let’s say unique
That through long days and far lands we may seek
In vain –the way she smiles, her voice, her gait —
To hold her, could one want a fairer fate?

And meeting her, we’re lost in rapt surprise
Conjecturing which side of Paradise
We tread –has she descended from above,
Or. else do we the realms of heaven rove?

Dear LA muse, what crown of silver to bestow,
That can be fairer than your regal brow?
Still brighter than your crown, with light and grace,
Resplendently shall shine your radiant face.

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