Life Pictures. A Poem by Ben Nardolilli

His grip sucked the life
from ancient rivers,
whose substance was earth,
the welcome house for all
with sores on,
I received your words
without pride, with
the right human veins,
the world opened, others
persuaded you,
their eyes criss-crossed, flashed
like rotten anger
a salty soul,
witch of an euro-american legend
to our mouths,
a sweating gown
deep like the day,
orifices like lyres,
we commuted in the worse
on all their words and pictures


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 MinettaReview, and Yes Poetry. He has a chapbook Common Symptoms of an Enduring Chill Explained, from Folded Word Press. He blogs at and is looking to publish a novel. Thanks for reading,
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