An Exquisitely Tasteful After School Special

An Exquisitely Tasteful After School Special

By Ben Nardolilli

I was completely out of cash,

I still am, but damn it

This is a story and the past

Is what sets it apart from the others,

Anyway, there was no

Machine for miles,

But I knew a deadly secret

Whose beans I can’t spill now

Unless you want to stick around,

In the short run,

I got back on track, the route

Of which has led back to you,

Short story long?

The split over the difference

Caused a fight over the veracity

Of the bills I managed to bring

To the floor of the laundromat,

Change went everywhere,

And my trust in God with it,

Twelve inquisitions

Were necessary to restore order,

Anyway, this is the how

And slightly the why,

Of where this extra finger came from.

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, The Northampton Review, Local Train Magazine, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He blogs at and is trying to publish a novel.

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