Poetry Break by Alyssa Trivett

Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one’s soul,
and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject
~John Keats~

If Only


Grass blades catch my head,

spinning like a top,

or fan blades whirring at the barber shop.

If only, I would

remove the revolver from your hands,

pin-back the stage curtain that night

and wind clock ticks of this

to never exist again,

or I’d empty the pills from your system,

carefully, with pliers, and grocery-store

Latex-free gloves

and make you live again.

56 Days In


On the fifty-sixth morning,

there were no bird chirp battles,

nor rabbits whisking through grass.

Leaves scatter like a child looking for a lost puzzle piece.

Alarm clocks turned themselves off.

I miss hearing light switch flicks,

like a punch-in chime.

Or a car door slam making me twitch and waterslide drop

out of bed.

There is peace in silence,

breakfast time words.

And eighty degree September heat

to say hi to our foreheads.

Your watch sits on the counter,

it’s one of the last few directives you gave, so I put it in your wrist,

it’s mine, now.

Author’s Bio:

Poetry Break by Alyssa Trivett two drops of ink

Alyssa Trivett is a wandering soul from the Midwest. When not working two jobs, she listens to music and scrawls lines on the back of gas station receipts. Her work has recently appeared on VerseWrights, In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, and Spillwords. She has fifteen poems in a poetry anthology entitled Ambrosia. All proceeds from the anthology are being donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (afsp.org). A print edition can be purchased here:

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S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. ******** Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design of their books. ******** Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider. He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. ******** ~ "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul—to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real-life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~ ~Scott Biddulph~

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