Ben Nardolilli

Common Scams

Spreading fraud awareness, I’m doing my part,
apparently, according to this award
which came for me in the mail,
I guess I’ll hang it up and let everyone know
I am, or was the local expert when it comes
to alerting others to be on the lookout
for various men and women acting in confidence

But wait, there’s more, there always is, isn’t there?
Thanks to my efforts, there’s an invitation
to Davenport for a ceremony,
which is strange, since I already have the plaque,
if I pay to go there, I can get a trophy,
something bigger and brighter to put out
in the window, so everyone’ll see how smart I am

© Ben Nardolilli

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 his novels.

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