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Hacienda de los Santos Parlor   Leave a comment

Hacienda de los Santos Parlor-72Hacienda de los Santos Parlor (Alamos, Mexico) — Image by kenne

gate of our being, awaken me, bring dawn,
grant that I see the face of the living day,
grant that I see the face of this live night,
everything speaks now, everything is transformed,
O arch of blood, bridge of our pulse beating,
carry me through to the far side of this night….

gateway of being: open your being, awaken,
learn then to be, begin to carve your face,
develop your elements, and keep your vision
keen to look at my face, as I at yours,
keen to look full at life right through to death,
faces of sea, of bread, of rock, of fountain,
the spring of origin which will dissolve our faces
in the nameless face, existence without face
the inexpressible presence of presences…

— from “Sunstone,” by Octavio Paz

Remembering The Dead   Leave a comment

Remembering the Dead blogRemembering The Dead — Image by kenne

The Street

A long silent street.
I walk in blackness and I stumble and fall
and rise, and I walk blind, my feet
stepping on silent stones and dry leaves.
Someone behind me also stepping on stones, leaves:
if I slow down, he slows;
if I run, he runs. I turn: nobody.
Everything dark and doorless.
Turning and turning among these corners
which lead forever to the street
where nobody waits for, nobody follows me,
where I pursue a man who stumbles
and rises and says when he sees me: nobody.

— Octavio Paz 

(This year’s All Souls Procession in Tucson is this Sunday, November 5th. Last year over 170,00 people walked or watched the procession.)

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