tzintzuntzan: night of the dead

Night of the Dead Ceremony in an Indigenous Mexican Cemetery
Night of the Dead Ceremony in an Indigenous Mexican Cemetery  

tzintzuntzan: night of the dead

 
solemn, joyful industry

in quiet

preparation.

known deep, the tracing of motions

older than body:

movement, grace,

tranquility.

 

turmoil.

longing, startled: flapping

from a breast, awkward

and enlivened.

a frisson of alarm.

pulse, breath, catching.

a disturbance,

a shiver of atmosphere.

kneeling. whispering fingers 

adorning

tombs.

stillness amid the stir, implacable.

wet, heavy hours

of air.

 

an

arrival: 

clearing; arranging; tending

thoughts.

earthy damp.

wild flowers lit

in orange, sing

like light, enticing

souls: “find

beauty; remembering; love—

us.”

 

stars beside graves.

fire. feast. offerings

of dance, deliberation, duty.

the lost, adored, torn

in death as in birth.

 

candied pumpkin, skulls of sugar, bones of bread;

sweet cinnamon drink, a dwindling warmth;

dead and living partaking

in flame, food,

honoring,

teasing,

 

being

 

near.

 

 

 

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