Welcome to Poetics!
Yesterday many parts of the world engaged in Halloween festivities. Now we pack away decorations and consume leftover candy. We say goodbye to skeletons, witches and all ghoulish things. However for some, today begins a two day celebration that reunites death with life. How so? The belief is that during this small window of time between midnight on October 31 and November 2, there is no border between the living world and the spirit world. Deceased ancestors are welcomed back as guests of honour for a very special reunion.
Originating in Mexico, this is a lively, colorful event where families honour loved ones who have passed. However, these are not times of sorrow or solemn remembrance, but instead a time to embrace death with acceptance…. even a bit of dark humour.
This is Dia De Los Muertos, the “Day of the Dead”.
This rare celebration consists of traditional street festivals, dancing, live music and food. There are many symbols of death including skulls and skeletons, some made of clay or sugar. These are called calaveras and represent the sweetness of life. Candles and bright marigolds surround photos of loved ones passed. One significant gesture is to make offerings to the departed – their favourite foods, drink, hobbies or toys. These are laid out on ofrendas, alters created at home. The offerings are thought to encourage souls to return for this joyful occasion. Some will write a verse called a literary calavera, a satirical, light hearted poem, poking fun at the deceased.
I had the opportunity to observe the “Day of the Dead” celebrations in Old Mesilla, New Mexico a few years ago while visiting my in-laws. In the center of a plaza, participants danced folklórico style with plastic skeletons wearing costumes, engaging the crowd in a dramatic presentation. I have to say it was captivating and gave me a whole new perspective on death to add to my other ones.
For today’s Poetics, I am asking you to write a poem to commemorate a loved one you have lost. Bring them to life in your words by highlighting the qualities you admire and miss the most about them. If you are comfortable with it, you can add a sprinkling of humour or in the tradition of Dia De Los Muertos, offer up those favourite things that your loved one enjoyed. Celebrate them!
I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did watching the event in person.
Here’s how to join in:
- Write a poem in response to the prompt on your blog or website.
- Click on Mr. Linky, add your name and the direct url to your poem.
- Include a link to dVerse so others can find us.
- Read and comment on the work of other poets.
- Join us here at the pub to say hello.
- Have fun!
Hello…hola! Today we have some tequila infused with marigolds, Mexican hot chocolate, mole negro and
pan de muertos (bread of the dead).
“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.” ~George Eliot
That quote is perfect. Thanks!
Hi Mish! A tequila infused with marigolds for me as go back in time to rustle up a verse to your prompt. I have a feeling it will be a long ramble.
Tequila coming your way. A ramble is necessary some times.😊
Thank you! 😊
Hi Mish, thank you for hosting. For us, this is a day of remembering and praying for the dead. A tequila with bread is perfect.
I think that’s beautiful, Grace. One special tequila for you.❤️
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I would love tequila as well… sorry for being late, we went on daylight savings time during the weekend so it is one hour earlier now to be with you.
Aha…ours is next weekend. A shot of tequila for you, Bjorn. Enjoy!
Hello Mish and All. Just popping in for a minute. Off to run more errands. Will try to link up to this later. A tall mug of hot cocoa with a shot of peppermint schnapps would be perfect, please 🙂
Hi Lisa! Thanks for stopping in. Some minty hot chocolate in a travel mug to go for you.
Thanks much, Mish. Cheers!
A wonderful prompt, Mish … my former boss, Kevin, has been on my mind lately … it was easy to write about him. Tequila YES!
Aww that’s wonderful, Helen. One tequila coming your way.
Jewish Young Professional "JYP" said:
I have a few pieces that fit this prompt. Mexican hot chocolate and a shot of whiskey
Oh that’s sounds delicious! Thanks for joining in. 🙂
This was a fun one. Thanks, Mish!
Welcome De! Glad you enjoyed.
Lona Gynt said:
I am gong to have to work late, so on this day of the dead, I will hve elixir of life, just water. Thanks for hosting Mish. 🙂
Lona Gynt said:
Oops, the water was apparently a little too strong for me, I have two identical links, Can ou fix that Mish? Thanks, Lona.
Lona Gynt said:
They are not identical, I accidentally have two different poems linked, but one was linked last week. Can you remove the one that links to “When you are Queer.” and keep the one that links to “Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother, A remembrance.” Thanks! (and sorry, lol.
Hi Lona, I removed the link for you. A frosty mug of ice water for you as well. Thanks for joining in.🙂
Lona Gynt said:
Thank you! I might not actually get back to read much until the weekend, but I will come back to do that. 🙂
I love the concept that you presented here. It gives the celebration a whole different feel. A great Prompt! A great tall glass of cider on ice, please!! :>)
Coming right up, Dwight! So glad you liked the prompt. Enjoy the poetry trail. 🙂
Yes, it is most interesting!
Hi Mish, a good way to focus this auspicious time and a welcome prompt too, can I have a whiskey please.
Thank you, Paul. One whiskey coming up. 🙂
Hey Mish et all. Just added my contribution over at Mr. Linky. Hope ye enjoy the read! 🤞🙏😁📖