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Dia de los Muertos

archival poetry:

Will my sugar skull be enough to make you want to return
just for this one night
Will the sound of laughter and clinking glasses
be enough to draw you out from where you are
What if the laughter is tinny and hollow
because the celebration is too soon
or too far after the fact
Will my romanticized remembrance of you
make it all real
Will my altar make up for the days or years
during which I never called
never sent a letter to ask how you are
Will it matter to you that I spent more time constructing a memory
than an actual relationship
Or, are you willing for the sake of a good party and old times
to pretend with me
that I was attentive in life
and that I deserve this visit

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