A negative sign, heaven’s chalkboard marks
us down, who goes on up to rejoice?
complements can only describe,
the down below sees things extorted,
best truth in vision prize this century
Bad luck, nobody’s fault, not even an angel,
lazy bones too light to walk,
weaklings with wings and no equations,
some myth, no real hold,
setting up calendars for us, chapels too,
little else, they cannot claim
Minus and without, this experiment runs
into the wild, are you frightened?
lab reports circulate in confidences
while arcades tug, pushing us into a market
of “perhaps,” only selling “maybe” today
Ben Nardolilli currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. His work has
appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Danse Macabre, The 22 Magazine,
Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, THEMA, Pear Noir, The Minetta
Review, and Yes Poetry. He has a chapbook Common Symptoms of an
Enduring Chill Explained, from Folded Word Press. He blogs at
mirrorsponge.blogspot.com and is looking forward to publishing a novel.