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Underscore Cool

By Benjamin Nardolilli

PROMPT — Ask Me.

The endurance of the feet is marvelous, I do not complain

Or bother to explain its origin, I just look

At the way I have unspooled my life across this borough,

Even tonight, much has been done, bloodless victories

Over distance and discipline unlocked, a proud campaign

I went in search of prospects, found leaves

Golden and ruby red, then ended up in a wild containment

Where I navigated uneven roads to see the fuzzy lakes

The urban lifestyle loves to treat as backgrounds,

There I went forth to the shore to reenact classical battles

Greedy ducks, vicious geese, they all surrendered,

I left and looped around the statuary in the distant woods,

Famous names, unknown faces, I scoffed bravely at them all,

Then made circuits and orbits back to land home,

Ignoring the temptations of wine to drink seltzer instead.


Ben Nardolilli is currently an MFA candidate at Long Island University. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, SLAB, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, The Northampton Review, Door Is A Jar Literary Magazine, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He writes from Brooklyn, NY.


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