Día de Muertos

Posted: May 5, 2018 in What Pegman Saw
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Today, on Cinco de Mayo, Pegman took us to Tulum, Mexico where I discovered a lagune. While wading, I met Carmen who told me her story. Thanks, Karen, for posting another good idea for a 150-word tall tale.

Two-hundred years have passed since Carmen was nominated “Keeper-of-Souls.”
Oh, how she rues the day,
for now, time moves so slowly she can divide seconds into quarter segments
then each of those into thirds.

The Not-Dead don’t realize that
the Truly-Dead are an unruly bunch.
All day, Abuela Maria fights with Tío Ricardo.
Gato Isabella continually tries to re-kill Tortuga Mateo.
The Gemelos, Poco and Pica, are weary of their conjoined hips
and often draw knives from the shadows.

Solace comes on Día de Muertos when every soul is required to spend the day with the living.
Carmen doesn’t care if they visit people they loved or people they despised
as long as every abuela, gato, tio, twin, and tortuga disappear.

Then, very quietly, she removes her dress,
pours a glass of chilled wine and
slips into the soothing waters of her secret cave
and screams until her throat goes dry.

  1. k rawson says:

    Oh what a marvelous world you’ve crafted, and what a cast of characters. Loved every word!

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  2. This is great. We’ve been watching Coco a lot recently. This fits right in.

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    • My husband and I just watched Coco. What a wonderful movie. My sister and bro-in-law have property in Mexico and go down often for the Day-of-the-Dead celebrations. Thanks for reading, Josh.


  3. pennygadd51 says:

    Wow, what an imaginative story! And so beautifully written! One of your best, Alicia. Kudos.

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  4. Dear Lish,

    What a clever tale you’ve woven to our delight. That’s quite way to spend eternity. ¡Muy bién, mi amiga!



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  5. Such an imaginative tale, a joy to read and funny. Well done.

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  6. Wow, I never thought I could sympathize with a soul keeper. But, oh, how I understand that need for a tall glass of wine.

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  7. lisarey1990 says:

    Wonderfully crafted piece.

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