El Puma Was My Dad

And he was on Siempre En Domingo at night

By Fanny J. Garcia
Published on LatinoLA: March 19, 2006

El Puma Was My Dad

I used to watch
Siempre En Domingo
With my mother at my side,
gently brushing my long brown hair.

And as Raul Velasco
Introduced yet another
Pompous celebrity
I took the opportunity to ask
about my father.
What did he look like and
was he nice?
I wanted to know.

And just at that very moment
Jose Luis Rodriguez ?El Puma?
Walked onto the stage and began
To sing a passionate song
of love and loss.
That?s what your father looks like
I heard my mother say.

I listened intently to his song
and studied his face.
He?s very handsome, I thought.
And shortly thereafter went to sleep
In my mother's arms
and El Puma songs in my head.

About Fanny J. Garcia:
Fanny J. Garcia is a writer, actor and activist living in Los Angeles. She can be reached at fgarcia@eastlarep.com

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