Abuelo’s Wordplay

Ahora no se dice panetela.
Se dice patenela.
¿Pa tener que? yo digo
To have what?
A sense of humor, I imagine
is not enough.
La panetela, he says
Y tu no tienes catarro.
Tienes carrato.
¿Cada rato? I ask.
Si, de vez en cuando.
So, I can have my cake
and eat it, too
but from time to time
I may choose not to
for a cold or a flu?
¡Ahora me estás entendiendo!
No, not really.
Not a clue.

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