Deadline by Alyssa Trivett

Measure it out, paint it on a billboard.
Staring contest.
Shuffle post-it-notes. Absorb paper-pusher
for a career if the time is nigh.
Count clock-ticks.
I ain’t worth a thing,
‘cept back-pocket quarters
stolen by a broken soda machine,
and all ten fingers and all ten toes
attached to this half insomniac
half coffee corpse I push through the day.

Alyssa Trivett
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 appeared in Scapegoat Review, Peeking Cat, on, Walking Is Still Honest Press online, and Duane’s PoeTree site.



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