Artemio Sanchez El Quinceanero
Back in 1963 when Artemio was fifteen
he spent a year and a half
in the San Antonio tubercular hospital.
The hospital was divided into wings,
you know, like schools.
All males in one wing,
all females in another.
One day Artemio noticed
a new arrival in the women’s section,
a girl named La Margaret
from San Marcos,
home of Poeta Villanueva.
Artemio courted La Margaret,
unsuccessfully, until two months later
when her sister Dominga arrived.
A lot of Mexicans got TB back then.
Anyway, Artemio and Minga became an item,
and exchanged bacilli with their besos.