Life Takes
—a poem by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal

Life takes a toke of us,
a puff here and there,
until we turn to ash.
Life turns us into
silence and oblivion.
All we learned in school
will be forgotten.
All our memories will
be lost to Dementia.
Life will open the door
and then close it shut.
Life will lock you in.
The key will be thrown
away. Life will smile at
you and not say goodbye.

Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal is a poet and 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.