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02 November 2012

A Day at Golgotha

terrene redolent
of lilies, burning incense...
city of the dead

memorial vignettes
atop immaculate crypts...
tribute to forebears

wicked truth pondered...
the day i take my last sleep
where will i wake up...

what of my days and

follies will be most recalled
perhaps with a smile...

© Bing Yap [PinkLady] 2012
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"Undas" is traditionally celebrated in the Philippines every 1st  (All Saints' Day) and 2nd (All Souls' Day) days of November. It is that time of the year when most Filipinos congregate at the cemeteries to honor their departed loved ones by visiting the graves of deceased relatives, offering prayers and colorful bouquets, lighting candles and incense (for the Filipino-Chinese). 

Often, the occasion becomes a reunion of sorts where a banquet is shared around the graves and children have fun making wax balls out of melted candles. Both days are official state-recognized holidays in the country.

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Ella November 2, 2012 at 7:55 PM  

Thank you for sharing! This sounds amazing and I love your descriptive poem...beautiful!

Bing Yap November 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM  

hi ella, thanks for dropping by. :)

Jacobean Manson Gay November 2, 2012 at 9:41 PM  

lovely share.

dsnake1 November 2, 2012 at 10:31 PM  

amazing write. thanks for sharing! we chinese over here have a similar tradition to "undas" called "qing ming".

Sandee November 2, 2012 at 11:15 PM  

I always have loved your poems. Enjoy visiting those near and dear to you. We don't have an official holiday like this in the U.S., but I still visit and converse with those that have passed.

Have a terrific day. :)

Susan November 3, 2012 at 12:35 AM  

Your blog is amazing! One click on the message you left on my poem, and I have a dove of peace flying straight toward me! Wow. And then this poem of the day and the neatness and extravagance of the stones! I would imagine your works (including poetry) and faith will be enough to garner you the smile--and one for your narrator too. What a heavy burden it would be to have such an influence that statues and images kept us alive?

Alissa Daimakepeace Schapiro November 3, 2012 at 1:21 AM  

mindful thoughts,

you write with wit.

Rachel Collegewood Schapiro November 3, 2012 at 2:39 AM  

do you have wicked truth in mind?

very abstract writing.

Bing Yap November 3, 2012 at 7:29 AM  

jacobean, alissa and rachel,

thanks for appreciating my piece and for stopping by.

Bing Yap November 3, 2012 at 7:36 AM  

dsnake1, these are traditions that we pass on to our children

thanks for stopping by.

Bing Yap November 3, 2012 at 7:39 AM  

hi sandee, i converse with james every single day until now. it somehow gives me a sense of comfort whenever i do that.

have a great weekend, dear!

Bing Yap November 3, 2012 at 7:47 AM  

hi susan, that's so nice of you to say. i'm glad you like my blog. thank you for the kind words.

Tatius T. Darksong November 3, 2012 at 10:50 AM  

Excellent poem

Bing Yap November 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM  

thanks tatius :)

Malia Butterfly Jones November 4, 2012 at 1:00 AM  

unique senses, well said.

Bing Yap November 4, 2012 at 8:14 AM  

thanks malia :)

my heart's love songs November 4, 2012 at 3:56 PM  

thank you for the explanation! love your poem!

Bing Yap November 4, 2012 at 8:54 PM  

my heart's love songs, thanks for appreciating and for stopping by. :)

Robyn Greenhouse November 5, 2012 at 5:06 AM  

It's always interesting to hear about other cultures traditions. Thanks so much for sharing.

Yielday Pittzheng November 5, 2012 at 11:48 PM  

a day at a unique location,
the description is dynamic and fun.

Bing Yap November 6, 2012 at 8:47 PM  

robyn and yielday, thanks for stopping by. :)

Nancy Perazil Federle November 11, 2012 at 11:45 AM  

some fantastic imagery.

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