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'Mi Pueblito Perdito' was based on an earlier piece entitled 'For a Long Lost Espanya', itself based on diary notes dating from the 28th of August 2014, and while it came close to being ejected from this collection twice, as a result of being edited and retitled in both July and August 2017, its inclusion was ensured.

Mi Pueblito Perdido

Def._2015_36_by Carl Halling06 Aug 2017

O how
Ruefully I pine
For mi pueblito perdido,
What I wouldn’t give,
To be young again,
And happy as I was back then.

Maria, full of peace,
Do you remember
Francis Albert softly keening
O Amor Em Paz,
And other songs by Jobim,
Happy as you were back then?

O for
That wide-eyed
Impression of yours,
Paquita (la de Murcia),
Of your beloved Mary Lyn,
Happy as you were back then.

O how
Ruefully I pine
For mi pueblito perdido,
What I wouldn’t give,
To be young again,
And happy as I was back then.