‘Calavera’ Published at Lamplight Underground!

I am delighted to share my poem, Calavera, is included on page twenty seven in issue four, Monster, of the literary magazine from Lamplight Underground!

Lamplight Underground “is an online literary/arts magazine devoted to all that is slightly odd, a touch off-putting and in most cases, beautifully so . . . It is nostalgic, it is unique, it is frightening. It is not a haven for the crude or the rude, but rather the brave, the adventurous and the eerily grotesque.” As this magazine “gives voice to new and published writers alike and strives to bring its subscribers fresh, insightful and preferably spine-tingling art’, I am honored to have my poem included in the latest season-appropriate issue, Monsters.

I have not done much traveling, but the trips I have taken are dear to me. It was in October of last year that I flew by plane alone for the first time in my life to spend ten days with my aunt in the gastronomic city of Tucson, Arizona.

I had the joy of experiencing the rich food and the wonders of this big city; mostly the colorful and also sad decorations for the upcoming All Souls Procession. Celebrated once a year, Tucson’s streets are filled with people in costume and face paint, all marching along one route and remembering their departed loved ones.

A calavera is a colorful representation of the human skull, but the term is often applied to edible or decorative skulls made from sugar or clay that are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls’ Day.

I wrote this poem the night after I walked in the All Souls Procession in memory of a friend who went to a happier place.

This past week, four of my friends, family, and friends of friends have passed away, not to mention the strong woman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Calavera could not have come out at a better time to make me remember the importance of remembering and honoring those who leave this life for another, as well as what they achieved during their lifetimes.

Please enjoy Calavera and think of your loved ones.

Leave me with shadows in my eyes

On this lonely walk

To the graveyard in Tucson

Where I join the march of dead . . . please continue reading here and feel free to share your beautiful thoughts!

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  1. Congratulations on getting Calavera published! Oooh, I like that you’re even diversifying your publications!! Super cool. I feel you about not traveling much. It is great that this piece was inspired by your trip to Tucson. I love the colorfulness of food when it comes to Mexican cuisine. Their celebration for the Day of the Dead is very cool too. Thank you for sharing this piece!

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

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  2. Nice poem. I didn’t even know calavera was what it was called, now I understand it better especially relating to the Mexican culture. A good poem as always, I can tell it was written from the depth of your heart. Sorry for your loss.

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  3. First of all, I am so sorry for all of your recent losses Jaya!

    But also congratulations on getting another wonderful poem published. I loved that line “where I know the bones of my neighbors” – literal chills!

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  4. Your poetry talks so poignantly of loved ones lost. Congratulations on being published again! You completely deserve the honor and many more. I’m sorry to hear about your losses. I hope you stay strong. Your words honour and pay tribute to all those departed souls. ❤️✨

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  5. Hi, Jaya! Another great poem you have! It literally gave me goosebumps. 😂 congratulations on yet again another published poem! I voted for the poem you included at the last part 😉 I hope it helps! More power to you! xo

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