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TOO FAR GONE

 

by

 

Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal

 

 

There are maggots

crawling around

the kitchen and

working their way

to the bathroom

to party on

with the maggots

there and the flies

and roaches which

have been flying

and crawling like

kings of this home.

The owner was

preoccupied

with demons, ghosts,

and voices of

another world.

The maggots, flies,

and roaches were

the least of the

owner’s problems.

The owner’s mind

was fragile and

kept hostage by

a disease too

far gone.

 

 

LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL shares...

LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL works in the mental health field for the Public Guardian in Los Angeles, CA. His first book of poetry, Raw Materials, was published by Pygmy Forest Press. His poems in English and Spanish have appeared in The Blue Collar Review, Struggle Magazine, Pemmican, The Guerrilla Poetics Reader and the American Dissident.  Kendra Steiner Editions published his first chapbook, Without Peace, this summer. He will publish his second chapbook, Keepers Of Silence, this winter.
 
MOTIVATION: 
 
"Many of my poems are influenced by my work in the mental health field, specifically by people diagnosed with mental illness.  Their struggles find their way into my words.  Often, their stories are sad, like the homeowner's story in 'Too Far Gone'. I have learned a great deal from the patients I interview and with whom I interact.  Without them, I wouldn't be able to tell these stories."
 
 
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