Skull Poem for the Mexican Day of the Dead

Yesterday I wrote about The Mexican Day of the Dead (Los Días de los Muertos) that takes place near Halloween. Calaveras (Skulls) are poems for the holiday. Here’s a popular one:

(English Translation)

Here comes the water
Down the slope,
And my skull
Is getting wet.

Death, a skeleton,
Neither fat, nor skinny.
A homemade skeleton,
Stuck together with wax.*

*This probably refers to the skulls and skeletons that are made to decorate the alters for the dead.

Here’s the original version in Spanish…

(En Español)

Ahi viene el agua
Por la ladera,
Y se me moja
Mi calavera.

La muerte calaca,
Ni gorda, ni flaca.
La muerte casera,
Pegada con cera.

If anyone would like to share their songs, poems or stories about Los Días de los Muertos, feel free to comment below.


Note: You can read more about calaveras at: Calaveras – Skull Poems & The Danse Macabre

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3 Responses to “Skull Poem for the Mexican Day of the Dead”

  1. pedro pera martinez Says:

    me cain gordos

  2. Lego Says:

    It’s not “cain”, it’s caen

  3. Pro Says:

    I like it.

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