Tuesday, October 5, 2010

countdown to Halloween: 'til death do us part


Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913), broadside reproduced in Ilustrador showing a well-dressed couple


Dueling Tombstones
"They said that it was true, I don't know; said this man's wife and he never really got along, ya know. She was very self-righteous and he was just a, ya know, plain ol' sinner. And she tried to inspire him down through the years, ya know, to change. And so she thought best thing she could do was to speak to him even beyond death. And she knew she was gettin' sick and she wasn't goin' to live long; so she had her own tombstone made and put her own epitaph on it, ya know, for him.

And so whenever they put her tombstone up, he went over to read it. And it said this:

"Husband, think of me as you pass by;
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, someday you'll be.

Prepare for death and follow me."


So the husband he looked at that, ya know, and he studied it. And so he fixed his tombstone and answered, ya know, what she had to say. And when he passed away they put up the tombstone, and it read like this:

"Wife, unto your wish I'll not consent,
'Cause I just don't know which way you went.""
(Recorded in spring 1978 by Bill Powers from Zenus Windsor, forty-three, of Cragford, Alabama. Source for quote: Storytellers: Folktales & Legends from the South edited by John A. Burrison, published by The University of Georgia Press, Athens, GA © 1989)

Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913), broadside reproduced in Ilustrador. The male skeleton, dressed in the traditional costume of a charro (horseman), is acting jealous.


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