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Languages Lost & Found

By Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozabal 

TWO LANGUAGES 

Long ago I spoke only
one language. Then,
in another country,
I learned to speak another.

Honest, it is as if I learned 
overnight. I was afraid in
a week I would speak more
of the new language
because I had to keep up.

It was easy at seven years 
old. For weeks I did not tell
anyone. It was not right
to keep the secret. One day
I laughed at a joke in the new
language and I was found out.

The years went by and I
learned big words I seldom 
use. I have learned to have
a short memory.  The more
you keep inside, the better.

I was American in both countries.
Some people do not know that.


GO ON PRETENDING 

I go on pretending 
I have one more day
promised. I close my
eyes imagining this
heart will never falter.

I do not plan to lose
or fall short on my
bets. Like the fountain 
of youth lying beyond.
It is not far from reach.

I go on pretending 
there will be a next chance.
Lying on my deathbed 
I am far from concerned.
I do not let death in.


YOU ARE ZERO 

Does it have to get so personal?
Stop coming around to my location.
I completed my sentence. You do
not own my undivided attention.

I have real plans that includes just me.
My status is lone wolf if you need to
know. Do I have to repeat myself?
I will mail you a copy of my emancipation.

Take my name out of your mind and mouth.
I do not care to share my time with you.
I do not want to get into it. You are not
a part of my life anymore. You are zero.

If none of this resonates, you must be
a bigger head case than you ever been.
I need to be getting on and this is where
I get off. You get on with your life as well.

Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal is a Mexican-born author, who resides in California and works in the mental health field in Los Angeles. His poems have appeared in Blue Collar Review, Kendra Steiner Editions, and Unlikely Stories.

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