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  1. 1. Marie<br />
  2. 2. She was born in Quito, Ecuador<br />Where the mountains soar<br />A land of forest and trees<br />The beautiful snow-capped Andes<br />Her father had the blood of the Conquistadors<br />Her mother was an Incan, an ancestor of many wars<br />
  3. 3. When the Spanish conquered the Incas 500 years ago<br />Marie's destiny began to glow<br />Like the fiery ember of a nearby volcano<br />It lay dormant for many a year<br />But it just had to come forth you see<br />For Marie had to be born to fall in love with me<br />
  4. 4. I first met Marie when she was nine years old<br />Even then she was beautiful and bold<br />I had just finished a business deal<br />In Santiago de Guayaquil<br />When I stopped by to see Marie's dad<br />To share some memories we had<br />
  5. 5. He was a friend I had met in Peru<br />On my first trip to South America<br />When everything was new<br />He befriended me and invited me to his home<br />Amigo, porquvagas or friend why do you roam<br />Come meet my wife and little girl<br />In Quito, where the mountain clouds swirl<br />Above the valley that is our world<br />
  6. 6. Juan and Maria were the perfect host<br />A beautiful couple to whom I toast<br />Why, I really didn't understand<br />That they welcomed me to their land<br />That they invited me every time I came back on a trip<br />I loved that enchanted place and their friendship<br />
  7. 7. All the while Marie continued to grow<br />Her smiling face just let you know<br />She was going to be somebody someday<br />As soon as being a kid got out of the way<br />That was fine with me I have to say<br />My motives may have been shady<br />But I could not wait until Marie became a lady<br />
  8. 8. Though my age should have been a distraction<br />Marie loved the fun and action<br />I showed her at every turn<br />This little ember was starting to burn<br />To glow bright in the night<br />She could dance until morn's light<br />Her feet seemed to take flight<br />
  9. 9. A radiance filled the air<br />As she glided without a care<br />Held tightly in my arms<br />No one had more charms<br />Than my Marie<br />That anyone could see<br />
  10. 10. One day Juan and Maria wished us the best<br />As in Quito's chapel we were blessed<br />Married by the local priest amidst the flowers<br />In this land where the mountains tower<br />No more I need roam<br />With Marie and Quito I was home<br />
  11. 11. Sarita was born two years from then<br />She lived but we lost her twin<br />Adoncia and her would have been the perfect pair<br />Her loss left a sadness in the air<br />Sometimes when the clouds release their rain<br />It is like Heaven filling my pain<br />
  12. 12. Finally Marie and I had no tears left to cry<br />But what hurt most was her sigh<br />She had no more joy and her life was no fun<br />She was so young but this chapter was done<br />I was beginning to feel I did not belong in her book<br />For at others she was starting to look<br />
  13. 13. I kind of gave up on life and let her go<br />Every night she was out dancing I had to know<br />But I just pretended me and Sarita stole the show<br />I would dance with my princess baby<br />Cling to the thought that someday maybe<br />Marie would come to her senses<br />Come back to me and mend those fences<br />
  14. 14. Tear down those walls that kept us apart<br />Once again let the love shine in her heart<br />For me and me alone like yesterday<br />But I guess too many men got in her way<br />So now I am going to make Marie pay<br />She will not see Sarita and I for many a day<br />
  15. 15. We left that place that I learned to love so well<br />Of our parting Marie I did not tell<br />This song would be the swan<br />I am sorry I did not say goodbye to Maria and Juan<br />But I felt I had no choice but to go<br />To the land north of Mexico<br />
  16. 16. I left it all behind<br />I knew Sarita and I would find<br />A new life in this place that now seems foreign<br />Though it was where I was born<br />There are no mountains here<br />The sky is just a mirror<br />Reflecting back the blue<br />You are somewhere in the clouds I once knew<br />
  17. 17. But Sarita is growing up and I do what I do<br />She is nine years old now and she looks like you<br />Today an old friend dropped by<br />He smiled and looked at Sarita in the eye<br />I can't wait until you grow up said he<br />Together we can dance you and me<br />I'll show you the time of your life<br />He winked as he walked away<br />I might even make you my wife<br />
  18. 18. This journey is a long and circuitous route<br />When I reach the end I will shout<br />Maybe I will see Marie in someone else's rhyme<br />But for me this poem has come to the ending time<br />So I now shut this book and put it away<br />Say goodbye to Marie and Quito<br />As Sarita and I face another day<br />
  19. 19. A Poem by Winston W Wallace<br />