Michael Berton

when the tequila runs out
poets in Mexico will write
elegies to honor
los borrachos
who will become atheists
refusing to acknowledge
patron saints’ days
for only the cowardly
can consent to live
a dishonored life

About the Author

Michael Berton is an educator, world traveler, percussionist and tequila aficionado. He has had poems appear in Cold Noon, Sin Fronteras Journal, Shot Glass Journal, And/Or, Volt, The Opiate, Caveat Lector, Gargoyle, Fourteen Hills, El Portal, Yellow Medicine Review, Silkworm, Goat’s Milk Magazine and others. He was nominated for the Touchstone Award in 2021. He is originally from El Paso, Texas currently living in Portland, Oregon.