Three Poems

by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal

Cry It Out

You cry a heart out.
The heart goes out and
experiences life.
It comes back stronger
and gives you reasons
to risk it again.

You cry it out as
many times as you
can. One day it will
cry out less. This is
when you should start to
worry about it.

The Whispering Quiet Spirit

I cannot understand happiness
with my ashes resting in an urn.
Soft ashes, weightless, like rose
petals, like my spirit living on.

The light has gone out. I walk up
and down the stairs aimlessly.
The wind pushes me around. It
inhales and exhales me all night.

The chirping stars frighten me.
Everyone walks through me.
I am taken for granted all over
again. A bee buzzes my ear as

I walk on the grass. The sun drops
its light on me. I cannot feel it.
I cannot smell the perfume of
flowers as they open and close.

I am light as eyelashes. My ashes
sleep in an urn in a house I never
felt welcome. I am the whispering
quiet spirit making all the noise.

I am light as butterflies, the silence
in the middle of a breath. I don’t
remember happiness. I have always
been open to the possibilities.

Swallow the Moon

Swallow the moon
in a plastic cup.
Imbibe all its light
and fill your thirst.

The stars are the
appetizers and
the planets are off
limits. It would be

downright gluttonous
to drink them up, even
Pluto is off limits, unless
you want indigestion.

The alcohol content
will knock you out cold.
You may want to pace
yourself, get an Uber

for the long ride home.
Swallow the moon
if only to brighten
the darkness inside.


Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, born in Mexico, lives in Southern California and works in the mental health field in Los Angeles.  His first book of poems, Raw Materials, was published by Pygmy Forest Press. His other poetry books, broadsides, and chapbooks, have been published by Alternating Current Press, Deadbeat Press, Kendra Steiner Editions, New American Imagist, New Polish Beat,  Poet’s Democracy, and Ten Pages Press (e-book).
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