In The Distance


by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal

Like the sunflower
rain-soaked this morning,
that is how I want my head to be,
with your wet kiss on my brow.
I wait for the day
when our eyes will meet.
But we go in opposite directions
and you go out of frame.

Behind the glass panel
two people strike a deal.
I cry inside as I purchase
an enormous tomato for five bucks
and there is no more toilet paper.

I move away from a cougher.
It does not stop me from saying
bless you. An evening star
sparkles above the supermarket.
I get a rise out of
the circling bird in my line of sight.

Somewhere far away
a door opens and closes
and the woman I would love
to kiss my brow has gone
to sleep for the evening.

I have a mask on my face
the color of the sunflower.
I head home and my hands
feel strangely rigid
on the steering wheel.
Suddenly, I feel calm.
In the distance the woman I love sleeps.


Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal lives in California and works in the mental health field in Los Angeles. His poems have appeared in Blue Collar Review, The Crossroads Magazine, Mad Swirl, and Unlikely Stories. K. Nizar, a multi-disciplinary artist from Kerala’s Kozhikode, who began his career on movie-sets doing art works before becoming a visualization artist for a leading newspaper in Kerala.

My Mother


by Tali Cohen Shabtai

אמי / טלי כהן שבתאי

אֵם הִנֵּךְ רוֹצֶה

לְהַכִּירֵנִי

אַל נָא תִּקְרְאִי תְּחוּשׁוֹתַי

אֶלָּא עַל פִּי

שְׁבִיב הַדְמַע

הֶחָבוּי בְּזִיק

אִישׁוֹנַי.

שָׂם תִּמּוֹג

הָאַשְׁלָיָה.

תַּסְרִיט מְמֻשָּׁךְ

יְגוֹלֵל לְךָ

נֶפֶשׁ זָרָה

בְּעוֹד שִׁלְבִי כֻּרְסַם

בְּשִׁנֵּי –

הַנּוּגוּת

אַתְּ ,קׇרָאתְ לִי

תְּהִלָּה.


If you want

To know me

Read my perceptions only

By the glint of my tear

Hidden in the gleam

Of my pupils.

There the illusion

Will dissolve.

A lengthy script

Will unroll for you

An alien soul.

While my soul is gnawed by

The teeth of sadness

You called me

Tehila-Fame.



Tali Cohen Shabtai, is a poet, she was born in Jerusalem, Israel. Tali has written three poetry books: Purple Diluted in a Black’s Thick, (bilingual 2007), Protest (bilingual 2012) and Nine Years Away From You (2018). Illustration by K. Nizar, a multi-disciplinary artist from Kerala’s Kozhikode, who began his career on movie-sets doing art works before becoming a visualization artist for a leading newspaper in Kerala.