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Ben Nardolilli: Status: Failure

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The Depth of My Soul

Smashing the myths of strategic ambiguity, a little bit

Of disquiet that never gets me any credit,

Why isn’t the million earmarked for the year coming to me?

Someone wanted me to be honest, and I am,

They said please, and I did it again, I issued blurbs for friends,

Recommending them for every kind of job out there

The step-by-step systems know me, I know them, treading

Over them many times, where is my trending?

I warned Virginia about its dog scams, tell me I’m a hero

I know my inventions are at least novel, intentions

Mostly good, the soul of my purpose wants to gamify

My successes for others, be they farmers, queens, or clowns

Reviewing my talons, not feeling allegro, laurels await,

When can I get the comic book treatment?

Revolutionary love flows through me, can’t you tell?

Still a Black Moon

rooting around, reaching out in the rain,

the balls of the feet crack

over the scars footsteps make on the dry earth

rolling around a screen, my body becomes a mind,

the mind a pointed circle

sipping sepia, slipping into a parliament of wax

trying to review in butterfly mode,

status: failure, try again, status: failure,

click, click, click then, the opiate of the individuals

About the Author: Ben Nardolilli currently lives in New York City. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Danse Macabre, The 22 Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, The Northampton Review, Local Train Magazine, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He blogs at and is trying to publish his novels.


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