Saturday, December 22, 2018

For Your Consideration by Alyssa Trivett

We have provided detailed instructions.
Please lend an ear to the audio version
of submission guidelines 
or paint can shake your 
eyes across the screen
for eighteen paragraphs of 
disclosures and fine print.
The poems are yours, to keep.
We ask if they are reprinted, 
you grant us full permission
to freely edit said poem and change your pen name to something
of more substance: 
Kitty O’Shea. Marie Camden. 
Vanessa Onomatopoeia.
Delete any obtuse metaphors.
Roll it out only to chop it down,
like a stack of plates, through the roof, falling as Jenga pieces
into a falling apart bathtub.
Do not let the flashing cursor 
control your screen. We will.
And dictate which words will be for your choosing 
from the constructive criticism 
via email suggestion box.
Your art, your keys tip-tapping 
keep us alive 
and will become our masterpiece
created out of crumpled post-it-notes
and from lines you scrawled 
on diner napkins
as the waiter had to refill the dispenser
at morning-rush breakfast hour.
We feed off as fencepost alley 
cats in need of scraps,
dancing on our overgrown claws,
waiting to indulge in your art
to make it ours.
After all, it's only a poem

About Alyssa Trivett:

Alyssa Trivett is a wandering soul from the Midwest. When not working two jobs, she listens to music while chirping down coffee and scrawling lines on the back of gas station receipts. Her work has appeared in many places (including the trash bin), but most recently at The Rye Whiskey Review.

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