Go Home and Take Care of Yourself
—a poem by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal

Go home and take care
of yourself.  This is what
a co-worker told me
on the elevator as we
we headed down and
out of the office.  It is
the wisest thing I have
heard in years.  It made
the long day better.
It gave me hope and
advice to take care of
the person that should
be the most important
person, myself.  If we
do not take care of
ourselves, who will?
Work will suck the life
out of you and some
co-workers will do the same.
Not all of them have
the presence of mind
to give you sound advice.
Go home and take care
of yourself.  I like that.

Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal is a poet and long-time Literary Editor for The Commonline Journal. His poems in English and Spanish have appeared in many online and print journals. His first book of poetry, Raw Materials (2004) was published by Pygmy Forest Press.  His latest chapbook, Make the Light Mine (2016) was published by Kendra Steiner Editions. Luis was born in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, works in the mental health field and lives in Los Angeles CA.