Monday, October 1, 2012

La Calaca a Day - #1

Woman with Somber Gaze

Woman with a somber gaze,
Tell me, what do you see if the candles
are the ghosts in the night
or are they flowers of the earth?

What do you treasure on your lap
illuminated and transparent,
even in the air
your silhouette appears?

Twice as much the pain,
twice as much the loss,
the flowers have become the rivers
and the fragrance cries out.

Pondering at night,
vigil of the imagination,
bundle of lights and echoes,
stay up late during the wake…

Woman with a tender gaze
the flames of candle reach out;
are they mocking this moment
or are they restfully flickering out.

In your illuminated face
life rejuvenates,
to those who love death
this is a golden in their sight.

For those who love life
it is a night of confusion,
the wax kisses the flowers
and the flame caresses the emotions.

Julie Sopetran
(Spanish poet, 1995)

Source: Poem found in Michoacan- Through the Eyes of the Soul, Day of the Dead in Mexico

(Picture taken of one of blogger's treasures.  Rebecca is hosting La Calaca a Day for the month of October.  You can participate here.)


  1. la calaca a day is bringing out the best of friends! so LOVELY to see you here! that is the beautiful shrine that fran meneley created for my shrine auction last year...

    now you can link her art work to her blog,

    so glad you are here!

  2. Rebecca! I agree that La Calaca brings us together again and it is delightful! So looking forward to reconnecting!!

    The shrine is one of the 3 that I bought in 2010 - that sounds like such a long time ago, doesn't it? It is a treasure and is on one of my coffee tables with some Talavera ceramic critters. I love the colors of Mexico and the warmth of the people from there. And the food - it's hard to find good Mexican food out here!


  3. So colorful and great. I love her!


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