The Dead Hour

The dead hour,
its hoarse voice,

pleases only the dead.
There is no good
morning in its voice.

That hoarse voice,
too rough for kindness,

it does not sing
for anyone, for
woman or man.

The dead hour
greets the morning sun

with a bullet.

It waits on the
rains to come.

It pounds a fist,
bleeding in
three places.

The dead hour,
sad and hoarse,
waits for sunset

to be dead.


Luis Berriozabal, born in Mexico, lives in California, and works in the mental health field in Los Angeles. His poems have appeared in Blue Collar Review, The Rye Whiskey Review, Unlikely Stories, The Writing Disorder, Yellow Mama Magazine, and ZYX. His poetry books and chapbooks were published by Deadbeat Press, Kendra Steiner Editions, New Polish Beat, Poet’s Democracy, Propaganda Press, and Pygmy Forest Press.

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