Calavera Literaria: Death of Decorum

 To celebrate Día de Muertos I am posting a throwback picture from 2016 when I lived in Tucson, Arizona.

To accompany my photo, I attempted a calavera literaria - a playful, satirical epitaph in verse. The instructions said to pick someone or something to eulogize that is not actually dead. 

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28 comments:

  1. This is so great, Bridget! Such rich vocabulary in your poem, and I love the face painting. I too share an Epitaph this week...cool! xo

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    1. Thanks, Irene! Your epitaph is a lot 'lighter' than mine. :)

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  2. Love this! How you play with sound in so many ways makes it a delight to read. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Oh! Crying/laughing - so perfect, Bridget!

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    1. Thanks, Patricia. I was hoping to strike the tone of horrifyingly relatabley funny-ish.

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  4. Yikes--decorum indeed deserves an epitaph. Tragic, but delicious words!

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    1. Thanks, Buffy! I hope that seeing her epitaph, we will realize Decorum is not quite dead yet, and have a chance at a resurrection. :)

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  5. Bridget, your word play is wonderful and the photo a hoot.

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    1. Thanks, Carol! It was fun to write and to remember my time in AZ. :)

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  6. I can always count on you to be inspiringly inventive!

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    1. Thanks, Tabatha. I try but only hit the mark once in a while. :)

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  7. Ha, Bridget, my first response is "Oops!" Poor thing, but you showed how to be careful, or . . .

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I hope this is a cautionary epitaph that brings to light what we can avoid if we want to save dear ol' Decorum. :)

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  8. Bridget, so sadly tragic, but true. I wonder if there is a way to resurrect decorum?!

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    1. Thanks, Tracey! My hope is that we can save Decorum before she actually dies. :)

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  9. Was she a troll who fell down a hole? or was she a bot, who deserved what she got? That photo delivers a dramatic entree. Great use of rhyme and alliteration Bridget.

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    1. Thanks, Alan. Trolls and bots are doing their best to try to kill Decorum but, hopefully, she will survive.

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  10. I would argue that she's not actually dead. My evidence comes from Jane Hirschfield's poem (shared by Karen E.)
    "Also, the stubborn, courteous persistence.
    That even today please means please,
    good morning is still understood as good morning,"

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    1. I agree, Mary Lee, Decorum is still hanging on. I hope my epitaph is a reminder of what we will lose if we don't watch ourselves.

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  11. Okay, didn't see this one coming. You nailed it!

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  12. So sad, Bridget. Mary Lee's response gave me hope and the appreciation of "courteous persistence," as per Hirschfeld's poem.

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    1. Yes, I agree, Janice. I do believe in "courteous persistence". :)

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  13. Oh, this is sadly, too true. Thanks for introducing me to a "calavera literaria"--I'm now considering what else has been lost and is deserving of a eulogy. I loved the excellent word choice throughout and the perfect photo accompaniment!

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    1. Thank, Molly! It was a fun poetry exercise for me and brought back fond memories of Tucson. :)

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  14. Thanks, Bridget! Your epitaph is a wakeup call. Especially love the second stanza.

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    1. Thank YOU, Rose! Yes, we have a chance to save dear Decorum.

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