Grassroots Art Center

The Old Women/afternoon of the Day of the Dead

by Dr. Richard J. Bay

Professor of Art & Art Education

Radford University, Radford VA


Decaying, yellowed afternoon light surrounds her.

The building rooftops become shutters on theatrical fixtures, defining her area of illumination.

Within the earthen colored rebossa the form moves.

Her shoulders undulated the frail faded fabric.

Her head and neck appear through the layered material.

I watched as her arms emerged upward, outward, stretching the garment into wings.

The coverlet glistens with this afternoon's moisture.