Away With the Numb Mask

And after the day is done,
I seek after you,
For a peony vision, circling
Above us both, storm of lavender

We twist the sheets in this way
And bring our daily convulsions
To a rest, in one another.

© 2012, Ben Nardolilli

Also find Ben Nardolilli’s work in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Caper Literary Journal, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, Grey Sparrow Journal, & Pear Noir.

Nothing Else to Trouble Us

The earth is even now,
And the winds blow back with me,
With such warm breath,

Gently untying coats, removing
Gloves from hands, and everywhere
The world is covered in sweet

Soft flames, this is a place
For my beloved and I.

© 2012, Ben Nardolilli

Ben Nardolilli has a chapbook published by Folded Word, Common Symptoms of an Enduring Chill Explained. You may also find his work in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Caper Literary Journal, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, Grey Sparrow Journal, & Pear Noir.

The Name

Courtesy of Nora Nadjarian

I remembered the name of the lilac tree
years after you told me.

I’m sorry I never retained plant names.
Only shades, and shapes.

Our whitewashed wall was once my favourite
but even that is fading.

© 2012, Nora Nadjarian

Nora Nadjarian is a poet and short story writer based in Nicosia, Cyprus – visit her at http://www.bettyboopinspired.blogspot.com.

Nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize