“A Promised Mutiny” by Ben Nardolilli

A Promised Mutiny

The ones we underestimated are stronger now,
I suppose we might get up and study them
So that they can be estimated plainly,
Once we treated them as a treat to report on,
A brief diversion from pressing
Matters of domestic scandals around us,
These days we try to ignore them entirely,
Here are just some of the updates
We failed to let through into the nightly news
And must become our headlines today:
They are digging up mines,
They are drinking more wine,
Building trains and laying more rails
To let them pass smoothly over their continent,
They are holding mass games
While raising up stadiums and aqueducts,
The future ruins that other nations will admire
While our subdivisions crumble into dust,
Ignored, forgotten, and failing to inspire,
Their youths are beating us in scores,
But that is nothing new, it is a ritual of reports
We have allowed to pass us by without notice,
Now we have to pay attention to them,
Since they are demanding a return on loans
And they have every right to ask us
Because their money lines our winter coats.

Ben Nardolilli currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Danse Macabre, The 22 Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, THEMA, Pear Noir, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He has a chapbook Common Symptoms of an Enduring Chill Explained, from Folded Word Press.