by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal
Death speaks in echoes,
It tries to frighten you.
Fear can affect your health.
I try to push it away.
I try not to mention its name.
Death wears a dark hat.
Rats guard the hat and
always seem to have blood on
their mouths. I desire to be left
alone by Death and fear.
Luis works in the mental health field in
Los Angeles CA. His poems in English and Spanish have been published in
online and print journals. He was born in Mexico. His first poetry
book, Raw Materials, was
published by Pygmy Forest Press. His
others poetry books and chapbooks have been published by Dead Beat
Press, Kendra Steiner Editions, Alternating Current Press,
Poet's Democracy, New Polish Beat, and Ten Pages Press (e-chapbook). He
has recent poetry at Unlikely Stories,
The Commonline Journal, and Ristau.
Ann Marie Rhiel is
the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was
born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She
reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art
galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting
artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals
and Megazine Official.