When your mother is a “crack-head,”
and your only words of praise are from your “street gang family”
it’s tough to be inspired
until you know the victim of a hit and run homicide,
then you can surrender to Jesus, knowing
the Bible says no man is promised tomorrow,
protect yourself from all that,
we can offer “jobs” with commissions as high as $2000 per day
to “process payments” or “transfer funds,”
because as “foreign nationals,” we can’t do it ourselves.
Ben Nardolilli currently lives in New York City. His work has appeared in Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, Pear Noir, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry.