SIJO OF THE WEEPER
byron lópez ellington
La Llorona camine por la ribera in vain
La Llorona llora for her children whom she has slain
Y la Llorona se mata, never to find her peace
Byron López Ellington (byronlopezellington.com) is a 17-year-old writer and aspiring actor from Austin, Texas. He has writing published or forthcoming in a number of magazines, including the Alebrijes Review's CULTURA column, and was nominated for The Best of the Net 2021 by Black Cat Magazine. He also founded the radical anthology Rulerless (rulerless.org). You can find him on Instagram @byronymous.
"For me, el Día de los Muertos is about coming to terms with your loved ones' passing, celebrating their life rather than lamenting their death — something la Llorona can sadly never do."