Two Poems: Ben Nardolilli

In Poetry on November 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm

The Three Swift Ways

Click your age, don’t try
To be faster or more eager
Than all the rest,
If you are old or an infant,
Move the mouse or the buttons
Carefully as if afraid
To break the device under you,
And if you are in the middle,
Press down with determination,
Except you teenagers,
Run your fingers and press down
With excitement, impatience,
And a belief in the immortality
Of all electronic devices,
Feeling the world is nothing
But one handheld opportunity.



Satire on new yuppies abounds
In crisp open pages
That are meant to wrinkle
Like the packages of said
Young professionals returning
From a day of shopping sprees.

Shortages of recognition,
I place copious squibs that blow
Up at their feet and drench,
Only then, I set my type down
Without clear brands and print
Out adventures until dry.

Oh so clever, I worry I might
Catch a cold or an addiction
To this new Splenda style,
I seek allusions and only find
References to the present,
A guide to consuming misery.


Ben Nardolilli currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. His work has appeared in other avian themed journals such as Quail Bell Magazine, Full of Crow, Squawk Back, PigeonBike, and Grey Sparrow Journal. Recently, a chapbook of his Common Symptoms of an Enduring Chill Explained, has been published by Folded Word Press. He blogs at  mirrorsponge.blogspot.com and is looking to publish his first novel.


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