Skip to content

An Epiphany on Dia de Los Muertos

November 2, 2014


An Epiphany on Dia de Los Muertos

if ever you desire to plant a tree for me
please make it a sycamore
or some other soft leafed tree
one with foliage that unfurls in spring
twisting twirling gals
who dance in green flannel gowns

a tree who shades
laughing picnickers
children with olives on their fingers
lounging longing lovers on the lawn
grandparents who feel the edge of time
nod and move from sun
to nap, to sleep

please plant for me a sycamore
or some other deciduous tree
where fall first shows in leaves
going gold along edges
crisp with autumn air
they float and fly off
roam the sky to land
be swept into piles

green organs gone reveal the skeleton
white balletic bones of winter
graceful slender fingers point to moon, to stars
sun fills summer’s shadows
and so when the life in this body is gone
please don’t plant for me an oak
no matter how lustrous the acorn
or luminous the winter leaves
those ever green sharp-edged leaves

please keep my feet wet
please plant for me
a sycamore


gwendolyn alley
November 1 and 2, 2014
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Santa Barbara, CA
for Dr Christine Downing and Robin Malcom
and in memory of Dr. James Hillman
for whom an oak was the perfect choice


No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Spanish for the Camino

Learn Spanish for the Camino: walk the talk

What's in that Bottle?

Better Living Through Better Wine!


My humble wine blog

Jenny True

An excruciatingly personal food blog


When food and wine click!

The Flavor of Grace

Helene Kremer's The Flavor of Grace

Hot Grieving MILF

I Believe in Magic

The Swirling Dervish

Wine Stories, Food Pairings, and Life Adventures


Living La Vida Vino!

Dracaena Wines

Our Wines + Your Moments = Great Memories


a reason for wine


A Wine Drinker Rambling about Wine

Outlaw Soaps: Exciting soaps for adventurous people.

Exciting soaps for adventurous people

Drifting Through

Welcome to the inner workings of my mind


Quartz is a digitally native news outlet for the new global economy.

Sonya Huber

books, essays, etc.


Drinking, Thinking, Cooking, Eating, Reading, Writing, Traveling, Talking ~ The Essentials of the Wine Life ~

The Weekly Sift

making sense of the news one week at a time

poor mexican gone

Yesterday's stories shed light on the way forward


A Song in Every Glass

Cindy Ross

Author | Speaker


Get your copy of Mile 445 today at!

"Where Business Meets Humanity"

Laura Grace Weldon

Free Range Learning, Creative Living, Gentle Encouragement, Big Questions, Poetry, Occasional Drollery

From Insults To Respect

A Guide To Anger And Conflict Resolution



Burners.Me: Me, Burners and The Man

Snarky. Cheeky. Grumpy. Dopey. Never Bashful.

L'esprit de Vin

A wine blog with food for thought...

The Wine Wankers

G’day, you’re at the best wine blog ever! We're all about wine; without the wankery.

Wine Verbiage

verbiage about wine & life

Small Epiphanies


Paul reflects therapeutically

Thoughts about writing about thinking

Myth Girl

"Follow Your Bliss."

the drunken cyclist

I have three passions: wine, cycling, travel, family, and math.

Winehiker Witiculture

Hike. Wine. Repeat! An exploration of life's vinoambulocentricities.

Gabe Feathers McGee

poetry, stories, puffnstuff

New Earth Heartbeat

Breathing with the Heart of the Earth

%d bloggers like this: