Wednesday, October 3, 2012

La Calaca a Day - #3

(Image found here)

Message in Colors

Lit candles. Faces. Memories
and an entrance that's a rainbow: protection for the place
of rest and meditation.
Necklaces. Cempasuchitl, pre-Hispanic links, songs,
paper medals, flames talking to the wind
the diverse language departed.
It is the prime time of the celebration
or death's thread, threaded
through time's needle.
It is the decomposition of matter, transformed into art.
It is the final curtain awaken from death in Ocotepec.
Yes. An eternal dream of uncorrupt flowers and of
It is death's lament, fading away
and it is also the respect made a tribute.
Who could have imagined so much beauty on a tomb?
Mole. Glass of water. Copal. Salt. Prayers.
Firecrackers. Fruits. Bread. Music.
Corridos. Bolas. Romantic songs.
History, praised. Creativity, expressed
in its most raw form...
And it is the color purple, elegies in white, blue, pink.
It is a blow from grace so heightened as artificial fire
that reveals the soul's presence in the darkness.
Something like the flowering of martyrdon in flames.
An arrangement for the end or the posthumous splendor.
In Morelos everything is possible
gloom battles with life and its victor,
it is once again for a little which, happiness, live tradition
which overcomes reality.
It was before these ornate gravesites, when I knew
that in Ocotepec, as in my heart,
those that have departed return every year to remind us of
their love.
And that only LOVE can save us.

Julie Sopetran
(Spanish poet, 2000)

Source: Poem found in Mexico City, Mixquic & Morelos- Through the Eyes of the Soul, Day of the Dead in Mexico

(Rebecca is hosting La Calaca a Day for the month of October.  You can participate here.)


  1. ...and that only love can save us.

    no truer words.

    your image is an altar honoring the life of diego rivera. lovely and such a vibrant celebration of a colourful life!

    1. I didn't know that, Rebecca - I see him in the picture, but didn't realize that the altar was for him. I just loved the colors and the vibrancy!

  2. O my gosh! what feast for the eyes!!

    1. Thank you, GirlUnwinding! I hope you posted your La Calaca over at Rebecca's place -she is having Calaca Love all month!

  3. What a riot of color and celebration your photo is--and I am printing out the poem for my written journal. Yes, a feast for the eyes, as girlunwinding says.

    1. Thank you, Redondowriter - it's a lot of fun looking at calaca pictures via Rebecca's La Calaca month and finding new ones on google.

  4. Oh what a message in colors and the photograph true la calaca love.

  5. What a feast for the eyes is oh so true. Just love this photograph. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. Wow, an incredible site to see and the Catrinas are awesome in this picture.


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