all artwork by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozabal
It is Hell
It is hell to live in a place where there is a big city like Los Ángeles. Brecht had it right. Los Ángeles can be hell. I also love it. I do not want to move just yet. We have large trees teeming with fruit, lots and lots of fruit. The traffic and smog is like no other. I own that. Foolish people behind the wheel, they are the people of hell, finding happiness now and then, even in this hell. There are lovely houses and many people stay in the street because villas are for the rich. They too live in hell.
A Crow’s Song
Outside my window the crow sings to me or rather it mocks me or it does neither. It is just singing about life and its complexities. Or I am simply grasping for straws, trying to make up my own story out of a crow’s song.
Hatching a Heatwave on a Hump Day in Los Angeles for Robert Edwards In an hour’s time the darkened skyline hatches a heatwave over the mountains on a hump day in Los Angeles. I drink coffee and eat an egg with bacon breakfast while the skies fill up with red, yellow, and orange sun splash. If you close your eyes and take a nap from five thirty am to six fifteen, you miss the sun’s birth in the distant south. Beat the Cure into Me After Robert Smith Time to open up your mouth Carry your voice down the street Converse that conversation Raise the volume a little bit Because I fear it may be fading I am begging you to shout out The way you feel about you and me Take the nail out of the coffin Yeah, let it all out and be free Pick up the noise, pick up the scream Let the words flow from your mouth I will respond to you in kind Let’s go out and let’s stay in after I’ll comb my hair and you’ll let yours down Put away that pout, let’s twist and shout Beat the cure into me, beat the cure into me I fall under your spell when I hear you speak Put your head on my shoulder I want to look into your face Time to open up our mouths Carry our voices down this street Bio: Luis lives in California and works in the mental health field in Los Angeles CA. His poems have appeared in Blue Collar Review, Fevers of the Mind, Kendra Steiner Editions, Mad Swirl, and Unlikely Stories. A Poetry Showcase from Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozabal Poetry from Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal Poetry Showcase by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal : Grave Concerns