Keep it together and stop coughing,
stop faking all your fits,
the doctors already got back to me
and they are so over your blood work,
all that Grand Mal hamming
couldn’t fool a microscope, look
we have depictions of lions and giraffes,
cast in metal or molded from clay,
all the details preserved and tactile,
what do you say to that?
something better than a zoo, no abuse
and no need to worry about escape,
please, I’m begging you,
I can count to ten and then
I want you to make a birds’ eye view
of the Serengeti for you and me
to look over on the living room floor.
Ben Nardolilli currently lives in New York City. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Danse Macabre, The 22 Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, Inwood Indiana, Pear Noir, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He blogs at mirrorsponge.blogspot.com and is looking to publish a novel.