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Art by Terry Butler © 2021

The Terrible Shadows

 

by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal

 

The realities of life are consuming,

like terrible beasts feasting on your

soul. They move in like shadows

like some great oncoming storm.

 

Infinity is tiresome. That is why we

do not live forever. Time softens

wounds, no matter how intense.

Still, there are limits to survival.

 

Who can live under stress in perpetuity?

The terrible shadows are always near.

They stretch out all over your body and digest it.

 

I look all around me in search of hope.

I peer at the sun as it takes

bites of my flesh with an enormous

hunger as I become a mortal snack.

 

 

 

Luis lives in Southern California and works in Los Angeles. His poetry has appeared in Blue Collar Review, Fearless, The Journal of Heroin Love Songs, The Rye Whisky Review, Unlikely Stories, and Yellow Mama Webzine. His books and chapbooks have been published by Deadbeat Press, Kendra Steiner Edition, New Polish Beat, Poet's Democracy, Propaganda Press, Pygmy Forest Press, and Ten Pages Press (e-book).


Terry Butler lives in the country, near a small town south of San Jose, CA called Hollister. He used to write steadily, publishing both in print and online as Terence Butler, but after some health issues, the energy needed to write seemed to dissipate somewhat. He has been a professional photographer and a painter/collage-assemblage maker for most of his working life, so painting and photo art have taken the place of genre fiction as an outlet. Recently the story “Fire Man” appeared all as a piece in his mind so he simply wrote it down. He sent it to Cindy, and in the ensuing back and forth. They somehow discussed using some of his visual art, too. Cindy is simply the best, and a real stalwart in this little world. She has a big heart and a deep love for animals, too!

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