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Calavera y Calabaza  /  Skull and Pumpkin | by garlandcannon
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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.]

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Taken on October 27, 2011