Calavera y Calabaza / Skull and Pumpkin
The pumpkin is from my backyard. The skull is from Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Skull Poem for Day of the Dead
"For you, Grammy, I put your false teeth in a glass of water
next to the jewelry box with the dancing ballerina on top, and inside, those green glass earrings that I bought you at Uncle Tony’s church rummage sale,
and which you wore on Christmas.
Underneath, I put our aprons, the matching ones with red rick rack trimmed pockets,
and all my Barbie doll dresses you sewed from Dad’s ties.
I sprinkled a little of that pink face powder you used
and added some vanilla and molasses.
I set out African violets, and dahlias big as lions’ heads,
and Christmas wreaths made of coat hangars and Kleenex.
For dinner we’ll have beef stew with celery and just a little flour to thicken the sauce.
Can you see them, Grammy?
The candles look pretty behind the orange carrot Jell-O molds.
And if you come, I promise I’ll sit up straight,
just like you always told me to."--
[The site also gives directions for making your own Day of the Dead skull poem.]