Christopher Hivner – Extra Credit, Manifesto

Extra Credit


Compare and contrast

the feeble attempts

you made at an apology

with the devastation

you caused, paying

particular attention to

the vows you made,

promises you decreed sacrosanct

and the misdeeds that

led you to your current station.

This portion of the test

is worth more than you know.

You have the rest of your life.






Now I don’t hear anything

except the hum of cicadas.

The other sound,

the foreign sound,

is gone and I’m alone

with a million insects

all commencing their diatribes

over top of each other,

soapboxes planted,

grievances aired,

the summer humidity filled

with nature’s commotion

and it all sounds better

to me

than the thoughts in my head.



Christopher Hivner writes from a small town in Pennsylvania surrounded by books and the echoes of music. He has recently been published in The Camel Saloon, Bigger Stones and Napalm and Novacain. The chapbook of poetry, “The Silence Brushes My Cheek Like Glass” is published by Scars Publications and can be read for free at website

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