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Crucifix & Candlelight

In the necropolis † †
there is no life after sundown † †  
Branches weigh heavy † †
with its slumber † †
† †  
Here at the ofrenda † †
we wait for the heart of it † †
amid sugar skulls † †
and old photographs † †
† †  
Course salt laid out as a cross † †
to purify and cleanse † †
providing courage to remain † †  
and alter a memory † †
† †  
This is the part where we tread † †
gently, knowing the past is present † †
camouflaged in the thick space † †
of enveloping incense † †
wafting specters, shape shifting † †  
within the lobes of our lungs † †
† †  
Some cannot imagine what we do † †
To them, itís a horror movie † †
set in the cemetery at night † †
relying on a false sense of safety † †
by crucifix and candlelight † †
tamales and Corona with lime † †  
† †  
But memories are altered that way † †
not by vigilance at a grave † †
No, altering memory is not a game † †
nor a returning spirit, screaming † †
the history of our mistakes † †
† †  
It's a homecoming rending the veil † †
and we're waiting for the meat of it: † †
A return to peace through presence † †
as though we never lost it † †
† †  
It's making amends with Death † †
the dark Archangel of mystery † †
presenting a bowl of cherries † †
Their boney pits wielding power † †
to poison us † †
† †  
The wise chew slowly, savoring † †
Azrael's offering, swallowing † †  
the flesh, commending the bones † †  
back unto the Earth † †
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How else can we learn † †
that something so sweet † †
at heart is a bitterly tart truth †
resembling a blood offering † †
pooling between our lips † †
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And we give thanks
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