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La Calavera Catrina

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La Calavera Catrina

The fire burns deep within my heart
As ice forms on arms and limbs
The evil one approaches
With a smile and a knife
To be twisted in my stomach

The witch of Acambaro looks like an angel
But her dagger can pierce both heart and soul
She is the five Pillars
Pilar Lopez Diablo

Raised by nuns, her values none
She spreads hers smile
For a few pesos
False hopes and empty dreams
She surely shall make you scream

Bury me naked, if you must
Wear a black veil, you stole my trust
Draw blood and make me swim in my own juices
I shall float in my bloody pain

On the  Día de Muertos
I shall sing back to you
Oh Catrina, lady of the dead
You lie tormented
For you have all of me in blood
Except my heart


La Calavera Catrina ('Dapper Skeleton', 'Elegant Skull'
The “Day of the dead” can be traced back to the Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. Catrina would be the modern name of this God.

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  1. Date: 11/4/2013 10:20:00 PM
    another great write, liked it a lot ...Seren

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso
    Date: 10/12/2014 9:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you my friend
  1. Date: 11/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
    This Calabera Catrina has been getting very famous lately. It used to be only in Mexico, but now it is here in the U.S. too. I don't care how elegant she is - I don't want her near me. Thanks for sharing. Escribes bien el espanol. Gracias... Lucilla

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso
    Date: 11/3/2013 12:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you, I thought you might enjoy this one!
  1. Date: 10/29/2013 11:45:00 AM
    spine-tingling in verbiage and content... i was there absorbing every word,arturo... tinges of hispanic phrases made this gem more dazzling... wow!..:) huggs

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso
    Date: 11/3/2013 12:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much nette!!!!
  1. Date: 10/28/2013 12:38:00 AM
    By the way I had a feeling before you confessed that it was you all along that did it not lizzie lol but thanks for the confession anyway.

  1. Date: 10/28/2013 12:36:00 AM
    Drowning in a river of blood, the soul weeps not, but elups forth, expelling a twisted mass, resembling a shell once called a human being. this poem inspired these lines I hope you don't mind. thank you for your comments on my writes also.

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso
    Date: 10/28/2013 9:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Glad I was an inspiration!