We have lost too many poets in the past year or two. One of them is the poet whom Alyssa Trivett honors in "For a Friend." This poet was also known for hosting open mics in Alyssa's area.
For a FriendHow do I relay this to youwithout knocking on the glass coffin?I want to pick up your handand light your throat on firefor you to spew a few lines again.Tried to write a passageor two to honor you but all thatcame about was this.I'd take a sip from the hourglassto make time stopto borrow a coffee moment,as the grains of sand run out,down the drain andout the revolving door exit,to say hello again,or for you to introduce meas the girl who wrote a poetry chapbookon my way to open mic.As you always did.So long, friend.
He had that bowling alley
cigarette smoking throat,
I loved him, regardless,
and he sat and
on his forehead.
He must not have
in the world of Carmen Sandiego to be,
sliding his pen off the table
and head into
the cereal bowl.
A diving board contest ten.
Alyssa Trivett is a wandering soul from the Midwest. When not working two jobs, she chirps down coffee while scrawling lines on the back of gas station receipts. Her work has recently appeared at The Rye Whiskey Review and Beakful.
Ah ha, since my husband has finished putting the bookshelf together, I can add a little music for these poems.
Did you know that there is a song called "Midwestern Night's Dream"? This is Gary Burton's version from 1976: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgyFOraJxvc
Pharoah Sanders follows with "Harvest Time": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii63fKLTSuU
Here Nina Simone is covering Bob Dylan's "Tom Thumb's Blues": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij1UDMr3B-E