Promesas and Spells

The mom-to-be bought a stunning coffin
for the child’s first gift.

“Make it comfortable,
she said, “make it bright, small and pink.”

Grandmother spelled the ugly box,
fed it three drops of her heart’s blood
and from her head 13-inch long braids;
she prettied its top with red Marguerite daisies,
with her hopes, her love, her dreams.

“I can’t believe I wasted coffin money
on a kid more alive than me!”

Grandmother rocked her girl-child,
lullabying into her eyes secrets of death and long lives,
“On your 13th Halloween and again on your 28th,
give your hair to The Great Mother
repot my promesas and spells.


for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads (Fireblossom Friday)

Have a magical Witches’ New Year, my Wicked Luvs;
may all love-filled promises and hope-full spells
bloom true and for as long as our hearts need them to.

46 comments:

  1. I like it oh so much! Wonderful traditions!

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  2. so many wonderful tokens. it looks great.

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  3. Secrets whispered grandmother to chuild have blessed my life, though they were never framed in this spooky magical realm. This little one will surely bestow these promises on the next in line, but will she outlive and outgrow the coffin supplied?

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    1. I suspect she'll add to them, bring her own bits into it... I least I hope she does. ;-)

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  4. Jen here, from the "Don't You Dare Kick a Cat" Foundation, stopping by to tell you that I adore you, and your stories, and I hope you, the Piano Man and The Princess have the most wonderful Halloween and blessed Samhain! xoxo🐾🐾

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    1. Right back at you, my dear potion maker!

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  5. You pick up your pen, magic words appear on paper. You are an Ink Magician!

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    1. "Ink Magician"! My resume will sparkle. ;-D

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  6. Feeling so calm and blessed by the thought of promesas repotted :D XXX

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    1. I do, too... It makes me think of how many things we can continue tending, passing on, adding to... ♥

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  7. So we let the dead bury the dead, and let the living remember. A perfect incantation, Magaly.

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  8. …sends chills down my spine.

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  9. Your home is ready for this sacred time! Samhain blessings to you and all whom you love, Magaly!

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    1. It smells of cinnamon and rosemary... Yep, it feels ready. ;-)

      Blessings to you, my friend!

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  10. Wow, the poem is stunning, and I LOVE your wall hangings and witchy display. Intriguing! I want to know more about this side of you.

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    1. Hang around this place and you won't have a choice but to know more. ;-D

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  11. You are spooky and I love it!!

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  12. Your wonderfully powerful words! Enjoy Samhain, Magaly, you've helped make mine special!

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    1. That makes me very happy, my dear Francie!

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  13. Happy Samhain, Magaly!

    Blessings,

    Victoria

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    1. Back to you, times three, Victoria. And with some hugs, too!

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  14. All that was ever passed down to me were whispers...so many secrets, scant truth. Love your poem!

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    1. Incredible how does whispers grow and grow... until the really good ones become loud lessons in our souls.

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  15. I love your poem! As always you are inspiring! I wonder if I can get a birthday coffin one day! :P

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    1. I've always wanted a coffin bookcase. I might have to teach myself how to build one. ;-D

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  16. spooky, it is! that picture of your hangings is just stunning! you are so interesting, magaly!

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    1. I do love my All Hallow's Eve wall, so thanks a bunch. ;-)

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  17. Three generations of women all tied up in a spell.. A perfect tale for October 31st!

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    1. Changes forged by love, blood and memories are strong, strong, strong. ;-)

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  18. Okay, this totally creeped me out, which means: great job! hanks for being part of Fireblossom Friday!

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    1. "hanks" right back at you, then. ;-D

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  19. Wow, that is just magical. Creepy and spooky and delightfully witchy! Happy Halloween!

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    1. You know creepy is quite the thing around these parts. ;-) I hope you had a wondrous Halloween, too!

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  20. family traditions are the best... ~

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    1. Indeed. Particularly for those who get to choose their family and traditions. ;-)

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  21. Yes Magaly, yes, another helping of your talent keeps us all fed, but always room for more. I am a bit excited, actually, I am gorging myself on your posts at the mo, great thing about catching up, reading your posts are like wicked treats ;)

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    1. I just love it when you gorge. And paint. *wink, wink*

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  22. Love, love, love this post ;o) I hope you had a very blessed evening ;o) Big Hugs ;o)
    (still trying to catch up)

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    1. I, too, am playing the catching up game. We shall get there soon. ;-)

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