Bill Millerd & Pancho Wish Us A Happy HalloweenWednesday, October 31, 2012
|Bill Millerd & Pancho|
Pancho was given to me by my friend, architect and teacher Abraham Rogatnick a year before he died on August 28, 2009. He had purchased the skeleton in Mexico sometime in the 60s. Rogatnick had attached a hangman’s noose to the skeleton’s neck and on every Halloween he would perch him outside his 11 Avenue home (across from poet George Bowering).
Rogatnick gave me the skeleton with the following words, “I am going to die soon so you might as well have him as you will appreciate him.”
During an open garden in 2010 I hung Pancho under our Cercis canadensis in the back garden. People came to look at our lovely early summer garden. The roses were in bloom. One woman who came with her children was aghast at the site of the hanging Pancho and complained to us. I attempted to explain that after having lived many years Rosemary and I saw death in a different light but to no avail.
Since 2008 Pancho has never contributed to our dinner conversation. He is impervious to everything and I am almost sure he will outlive me. Lauren, below has a deep afection for Rosemary's cat, Casi-Casi and our Pancho.
|Lauren & Pancho|
Today, is Halloween,