North and south of you, weak winters,
How light the morning comes in your gutter.
Fish swim in circles through the pond,
( ) fleeing a need for home
As day sails over like a steam engine.
Week after month, you become of more use.
Like this sparrow,
( )you remain stubborn on the ground.
What do you dread about being twenty-four?
Yesterday was rosy.
( )Day before that was brighter still.
The earthworms are tunneling as loud as possible.
Flies are buzzcutting every moment of silence
( )between ceiling and carpet.
Into the world’s order, the day’s routine of hours,
Bring some noise, a song.
Ben Nardolilli is a twenty five year old writer currently living in Arlington, Virginia. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, One Ghana One Voice, Caper Literary Journal, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, Super
Arrow, Grey Sparrow Journal, Pear Noir, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Recently, his chapbook, Common Symptoms of an Enduring Chill Explained, has been published by Folded Word
Press. He maintains a blog at mirrorsponge.blogspot.com and am looking to publish my first novel.