Beauty and the Chupacabra

By: Luis Daniel Salgado
Luis Daniel Salgado’s poetry is often about how he recalls his past and different occurrences such as growing up Hispanic, living in Houston, being raised by a single mother, sharing life with five siblings, and how these affected who he has become today as a poet and a human.
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My mother would tell us tales 
of the Chupacabra where he would 
steal young daughters that wouldn’t listen 
to their mothers. That he would take beautiful 
girls and marry them.  

When my sister was 15, she ran away from home. 
After the third day we all assumed the Chupacabra stole 
her away. That her teeth became fangs. 
Her green eyes black as onyx. 
That her wedding was under the eternal moon 
and none of us were invited. 







Luis Daniel Salgado

Luis Daniel Salgado is a Houston Native who recently came back from earning his Creative Writing MFA from Texas State University. Luis is currently working on his manuscript titled SOL.

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