Subjects and Inspiration
by Ben Nardolilli 

I have written her plenty of sonnets,
Odes, haikus, and when drunk
Have penned prose poem apologies,
These are basic, she expects them.

She delights in being a subject,
Being mentioned, praised,
And raised above everyone else,
But heights do not bind her to me.

I have written tales without her in them,
Stories of decline, decay, and ruin,
Visions of rivers carrying flames,
And scenes of cities turning into ash.

These I have put down and set out
Because I knew at the end of writing
About all these fine collapses
She would be in the next room, waiting.

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Ben Nardolilli currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, One Ghana One Voice, Caper Literary Journal, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, Grey Sparrow Journal, Pear Noir, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, and Yes Poetry. His chapbook Common Symptoms of an Enduring Chill Explained, has been published by Folded Word Press. He maintains a blog at and is looking to publish his first novel.