New poetry Showcase from Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozabal – September 2022

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. 

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By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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