On a day like today, you can find many beautiful images of the marigold (flor de muerto) and its celebratory role in observations of the Mexican Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). The displays range from a modest vase or basketful to elaborately woven wreaths and floats . . . to the entirely unintentional, as was the case a couple of days ago when my friend Eileen and I pulled together our very own found art arrangement in the aftermath of the World Series parade.
Black and orange ticker tape filled the sky and the streets of downtown San Francisco, but what caught our eye a few blocks off the beaten path was a humble pile of crushed marigold petals right there on the sidewalk. Nearby were a couple of stems that had remained intact and, to complete our I Spy photo shoot, a bright orange plastic disc featuring a "G" for "Giants" . . . or is that merely a Gatorade lid? Well, no matter, we were ultra - pleased with our arrangement and left it behind for those who followed in our footsteps to admire!
you have to admit that they've definitely
got the right team colors for
a Halloween Day Victory Parade!
San Francisco, Giants Parade, Halloween, All Souls
Previous Posts for Día de los Muertos:
2009: "Day of the Dead"
2010: "All Souls, Never Alone"
2010: "From Dust Thou Art"
And a Thought for the Day from Socrates:
"To fear death, my friends,
is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise:
for it is to think that we know what we do not know.
For anything that we can tell, death may be
the greatest good that can happen to us:
but we fear it as if we knew quite well
that it was the greatest of evils.
And what is this but that shameful ignorance
of thinking that we know what we do not know?"