The Embalmer’s Hours

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I used to work in a funeral home

I used to sit with the dead.

I used to fit them in their finest clothes

I arranged their flowers, their hair, their hands.

As I worked

 I’d listen to Mozart, sometimes it was the Ramones

sometimes I would eat Pez and sprinkle holy water

on a plant we kept in the hall.

The dead had died

and I was alive

we were mismatched companions for awhile


I wonder what it was


 watched us both


such quiet and thoughtful silence.


In A Word- Bliss

 Developing Your Eye I ( WordPress )  is a 10-day photo challenge for bloggers of all photography levels, from beginning photobloggers to pro photographers

Day Four: “Bliss” —

What is bliss to you?

Today’s Tip:  That’s a caption. Today, add a caption to your image so viewers know what they’re looking at!

Photo: AM. Moscoso

Photo: AM. Moscoso

This is my cat Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart- he was suffering from kidney failure and died a few months after I took this picture.

But do you see that look in his eyes?


He fought to stay with me for as long as he could- and he did.

He was almost 18 years old when he died.

Photo: A.M. Moscoso

Photo: A.M. Moscoso

Hamish Macbeth!

He came into my life when I was in the midst of a lot of change and uncertainty.

He was happy as a pup and he’s a happy go lucky full grown dog.

I can’t believe in the midst of such great loss ( my Dad and cousin had died just before I got Hamish and I was suffering from severe depression ) I was able to raise a creature like Hamish.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

A few years ago the King Tut exhibit was on tour and it stopped in Seattle.

There was a giant statue of Anubis at Train Station and it looked over the building I work in.

I was an embalmer and I grew up cutting my teeth on books about Archeology. Anubis has always been a meaningful figure to me.

Having him watch over me for a little while was … bliss.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Deadmen ( and the ladies too, of course ) DO tell tales and I felt them everywhere at Saint Louis Cemetery #1 in New Orleans.

I took this picture on Halloween- The most blissful day of the year.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Werewolves on Halloween in New Orleans.

Halloween does not and it cannot get better then that.

Yes it can. But that was SUCH a great Halloween.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

The Beginning of fall and the promise of Winter right here in this light and with this wonderful dog.