Leave A Trace by Kendall A. Bell

Scatter your words around coffeeshops
and libraries like used candy wrappers.
Slice paper thin pieces of your insides
and wave them like flags on the busy
New Jersey highways. Run your hands over
keys smoothed by overuse, the white letters
slowly fading with each stanza created,
with each drop of blood drained from your
fingers. Tear off the tether holding you
to the parasites that feed off of your
power, write them out of existence. Leave
fear stranded at an abandoned diner at the
flooded shoreline. Scream until your head
rings like a broken alarm clock.

Kendall A. Bell’s poetry has been most recently published in Your One Phone Call and Work to a calm. He was nominated for Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net collection in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. He is the author of nineteen chapbooks. His current chapbook is “Trust Fall”. He is the founder and co-editor of the online journal Chantarelle’s Notebook, publisher/editor of Maverick Duck Press and a music and book reviewer with Five2One Magazine. His chapbooks are available through Maverick Duck Press. He lives in Southern New Jersey.

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