Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal was born in Mexico. He lives in California and works in the mental health field in Los Angeles. His new chapbook, Overcome, was published by Kendra Steiner Editions. Overcome is a collaborated effort with photographer Cynthia Etheridge.
WHEN ALL OF THIS IS OVER
When all of this is over
and there is no honey left for the bees
and all the oceans are emptied of fish,
who will smile with happiness?
The young birds will never grow
into their voices. The snakes will crawl
back into their holes overfilled with tears.
There will be no morning paper.
Women and men will turn to salt.
The drunkards will crawl into their bottles.
The streets will be silent and empty.
A sailboat in the distant sea will be
filled with cellists and a lone violinist
filling the earth with one final song.
There is nothing sadder
than wearing the clothes
you wore when you were
once in love. Dying
inside, you think of her
as you remove your
socks, pants, underwear,
and shirt. Stepping out
of your shoes you feel
like a new person,
but just for a moment.
HEAD ON A SHOE
Resting his head on a shoe,
I see the homeless man
sleeping each morning
when I walk to work.
On the firm pavement he sleeps.
It is not so cold now.
I wonder where he
will rest his head when
it rains. What is his name?
Why is he here?
Why is anyone?
Copyright © 2009 Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal