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The Pillow – A Poem Written by Annette Tarpley

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The pillow muffled her screams
Absorbing tears pouring in streams
Years of abuse had been too much
Striking her…she yearned for a gentle touch.
The pillow…a silent witness to what she went through.
Her only ally, it suffered the cruelest view.
An odd sort of friend…but it knew all her secrets
It knew her strengths, she clung to it when she was weakest
She would whisper to it at night, when in great angst
She would lay on it when she prayed, for her life she gave thanks
The pillow would comfort her, cradling her head at night
She whispered, she would take it when she finally took flight
One dark night, an opportunity lent it’s way
Drunk he came home, and he started to sway
He passed out on the floor, where he had fallen down
She grabbed her clothes, her steps hastening on the ground
She turned to the door, then her pillow she remembered
They fled giving thanks, that dark, chilly November
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Annette (Wengert) Tarpley

10/27/20
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Written by Luzviminda Gabato Rivera

Luzviminda Gabato Rivera is an award winning and best-selling author from the Philippines. She is a researcher with multiple awards, excellent international research journal reviewer, external panel member of thesis and dissertation committees,  presenter of  researches in various national and international conferences and has published researches in journal and online proceedings.

She is also a world inspirational poet and she was recently honored by Sahitya Akademi, Gujarat - India for her efforts to empower literature globally.

In addition, she is also a multi-awarded nurse by profession at Department of Education – Tarlac Province, Philippines, a fluent speaker of six languages and member of City of Angeles Toastmasters Club (CATMC).

She is also a licensed teacher and teaches research and nursing subjects on a part-time basis in Tarlac State University, Philippines and finished her post graduates courses with academic distinction and academic excellence award like the Doctor of Public Administration (her 6th degree) and  took up units leading to a Bachelor of Law.

 

As an excellent international research journal reviewer, she is an editorial board member of the following journals: Trends in Food Science and Technology (an official journal of the European Federation and Food Science and Technology (EFFoST) and the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFST.) ,United Kingdom’s EC Nursing and Healthcare,  India’s Current Research in Nutrition and Food Science wherein she was awarded an excellent reviewer from 2017 when she started and up to present and also maintains her standing as the top reviewer of the latter. She was also requested to join the editorial board of the Food and Nutrition Science Journal based in Kansas, London Journal Press of London and Biosciences Biotechnology Research Asia based in India . Furthermore, she is an external panel member in thesis and dissertation committee of Tarlac State University where she takes pride to share what she has learned in her journey as a researcher

 

Her poems were being published by Spillwords Press based in New York, Indian Periodical and Bharath Vision Web Magazines based in India, The Jasmins and Love Collars- First Poetry Encylopedia in Tunisia, Africa,  Poetic Galaxy Atunis Magazine based in Belgium, USA , Our Poetry Archive (OPA) based in Romania, AZAHAR Magazine based in Spain and other International E-Zines and magazines.

 

Her books were: A Gift I and A  Gift II -Rank 1 Best Seller in Amazon with her 71 poems and translation of her poem, A Gift – 5 series into 23 local and international languages and she published Crossroads: A Poet’s Life Journey - Rank 1 Best Sellers in Amazon (An Anthology Project of Motivational Strips - The World's Most Active Forum composed of 83 World’s Best Poets.  Currently, she is writing three books, A Memoir of Love, Poets Unify World and A Gift III to be released on August, September and October, 2020 respectively. She is also one of the contributors to the best-selling anthologies of  BREAK THE SILENCE by Brenda Mohammed based in Trinidad and Tobago and other anthologies namely: ROBAROO -Vol. II by Critical Space Journal Poetry Anthology by Evincepub Publishing based in India and CORONA- SOCIAL DISTANCING : A Poet for Humanity and the Heart of the Poet of Inner Child Press International based in USA.

 

On April 2020, after  two months of being a member of Motivational Strips – The World’s Most Active Writers Forum, she was appointed as a moderator for Philippines Office and days after she was awarded with a golden badge for her poem, “In the End.” She was also elevated to Gold Category Honour as membership.  On the same month, she was awarded by the Waheed Centre for Humanity and Humanitarian Development (WCHHD) from Ghana, Africa as WCHHD Literature Ambassador  and on June 5, 2020, she was awarded the ALTYN KALAM – GOLDEN PEN by World Nations Writers’ Union of Kazakhstan.  On July 6, 2020, she was awarded as the first recipient of the Waheed International Humanity and Humanitarian Cabinet of Fame and Awards as the Most influential Poet, Author and Social Advocate. On 15th August 2020 Motivational Strips and Gujarat Sahitya Akademi under State Government of Gujarat honored her Literary excellent on par with Global standards.

 

Currently, she was promoted as Administrator of Motivational Strips and she is one (1) of the four (4) approving editors of Bharath Vision website magazine based in India.

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