cielito lindo

April 24, 2014 at 8:55 am 27 comments

for friday fictioneers 100-word challenge 25 april 2014

björn rudberg
photo credit: björn rudberg

it was apolonia’s favorite song as josé reminisced.

he and apolonia were sweethearts. they were inseparable until he decided to cross the border.

he came to america with nothing but his guitar. an undocumented immigrant, josé was homeless for many years. in order to survive, he did whatever manual labor work he could find and sang and played on street corners.

an amnesty under president reagan allowed him to go back to apolonia, but by then it was too late. she had died of an unknown disease.

“play it again, grandpa,” begged little lydia.

“enough for today, honeybun,” he replied.

* * *


cielito lindo sang by dusolina giannini, c. 1929


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  • 1. R. E. Hunter  |  April 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Very touching, especially the last couple of lines.

    • 2. plaridel  |  April 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      R. E. Hunter:

      thank you for reading. glad you liked it.

  • 3. rgayer55  |  April 24, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    So, did Jose and Apolonia have children? I’m wondering who little Lydia’s grandmother is. I have heard that song before in old movie soundtracks. A very sad and moving tale. Well done.

    • 4. plaridel  |  April 24, 2014 at 3:08 pm


      i’d left the identity of the grandmother to the reader’s interpretation due to the 100-word restriction. but to set the record straight, it isn’t apolonia. it’s the woman he married when apolonia died.

  • 5. K.Z.  |  April 24, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    he never forgot his first love… great story.

    • 6. plaridel  |  April 25, 2014 at 3:28 pm


      thanks again for reading. 🙂

  • 7. Sandra  |  April 24, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Nice story. Just a personal opinion – I think the lack of capital letters takes something away from the impact of the story but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

    • 8. plaridel  |  April 25, 2014 at 3:29 pm


      maybe it’s time for me to grow up and start using capital letters… 😦

      • 9. Sandra  |  April 25, 2014 at 11:21 pm

        🙂 It’s your call. One Friday Fictioneer superimposes their story over the photo itself and I think that too diminishes the impact. For me, besides the content itself, the actual appearance/layout of the story on the ‘page’ adds value. But that’s just me. I don’t suppose it bothers others.

  • 10. sustainabilitea  |  April 25, 2014 at 6:48 am

    A bittersweet story, Plaridel.


    • 11. plaridel  |  April 25, 2014 at 3:31 pm


      thank you for reading my story this week.

  • 12. aliciajamtaas  |  April 25, 2014 at 8:56 am

    A story of loss well told.

    • 13. plaridel  |  April 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm


      i’m glad you liked it. thank you for taking the time to read it.

  • 14. draliman  |  April 26, 2014 at 3:13 am

    A sad story, but at least he made a new life for himself. Very bittersweet but an enjoyable read.

    • 15. plaridel  |  April 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm


      thank you for the nice comment.

  • 16. rochellewisoff  |  April 26, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    A bittersweet story. Well told.



    • 17. plaridel  |  April 26, 2014 at 2:03 pm


      thank for reading my story this week. much appreciated.

  • 18. patriciaruthsusan  |  April 26, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    A sad but lovely story, Plaridel. I feel glad he made a new life for himself but kept his memories. Well written. 🙂

    • 19. plaridel  |  April 26, 2014 at 2:04 pm


      some memories are worth keeping. they made us who we are.

  • 20. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  April 27, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Such bittersweetness in this.. love the tale.

    • 21. plaridel  |  April 27, 2014 at 4:41 pm


      thanks again for reading my story. much appreciated. 🙂

  • 22. Nan Falkner  |  April 28, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Very well written sad story! The music video was lovely as is Selma, she is such a talented movie star and breathtakingly beautiful! Nan 🙂

    • 23. plaridel  |  April 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm


      thank you for reading. much appreciated. 🙂

  • 24. siobhanmcnamara  |  April 29, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Lovely that he remembered his first love but also that he was able to move on. There is so much understated emotion all through the story. It makes for a lovely read

    • 25. plaridel  |  April 29, 2014 at 8:41 pm


      it’s human nature to remember the first one. glad you liked the story.

  • 26. AnnIsikArts  |  April 29, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Not the first story about immigration that the photo’s inspired. Interesting. I’m glad you dropped in the happy ending as a final twist! Good writing. Ann

    • 27. plaridel  |  April 30, 2014 at 10:09 am


      thank you for reading. much appreciated. 🙂


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