Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal

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).

Red Apples



When she tells me

someone is going to kill her,

that she’s sweating in fear,

I ask her to be calm.


She said a man offers her apples

laced with something

that would put her to sleep.

She said the man is so cruel

for words because

she cannot resist the red apples

he brings to her door.


She said the man is a gentleman,

who has split personalities,

like Jekyll and Hyde.

I ask her if she has been taking her medicine.

She responds, What does that have

to do with anything?

She asks me to leave and remarks,

I would rather have the apple.



Certain Words



Certain words have their place.

It is the silence they crave.

The unreliable narrator is not

accounted for sometimes.

He speaks, she speaks and

the words come out of the bottle

as the genie sleeps.  Words are

free to roam, though some rake

up heavy debts and emotion

does not give way to common

sense or reason.  Certain words

will lead you to an early grave.

There they will find silence.