Stood Up At The Heartbreak Festival

Stood Up At The Heartbreak Festival

By Travis Stephens

Pretty good turnout at

the Heartbreak Festival.

The rain didn’t affect people much.

A kebab stand sells

spicy, marinated cubes of heart.

Temple of Misery Tea House is pouring

an herbal blend that has steeped

48 hours in a lukewarm

bath of pity root and regret flower.

I am going to the Recovery Lounge.

It has three bitters on tap,

sliders, no Happy Hour but

red wine is always 4 dollars a

glass, rye whiskey six bucks

a pop. Not including a tip.

I was supposed to meet a friend

here but she never showed.

They keep the clientele away

from the jukebox.

 


Travis Stephens was raised on a dairy farm. He earned a degree at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, before departing for the West Coast. Stephens became a sea captain and now resides in California. He has been published in the Upriver anthology, NOTA, Stoneboat Review, Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Havik, and Pennsylvania English. His was a Poem of the Week for Silver Needle Press and other work will appear in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature the winter of 2018.

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