Two poems by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal

IN HIS BEARD A COLLECTION OF SWEET BREAD


On the emergency room
table a bearded man
being examined was
found with ants in his beard.

Each ant carried crumbs of sweet
bread, which they could not
enjoy because the nurse
who cleaned the man's white beard,

swept the ants away, some with
malevolence, as
she pinched the ants between
her little god fingers.

 


FALSELY ACCUSED

 
I was accused
of chasing or
following a
woman around.

I was told I
did something wrong
and that is a
lie. All I know

was that I was
on the street. I
was hungry and
now I am here.

I don’t know where
my green card is.
They took it from
me. I don’t know

where it is and
I don’t see what
business it is
of yours to ask

me such things. I
don’t have to speak
to you. I was
falsely accused.


• Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal works in the mental health field in Los Angeles, California. Recently his poetry has appeared in Beat the Dust, Munyori Poetry Journal, and Kendra Steiner Editions.

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