The Vocabula Review

December 2008, Vol. 10, No. 12 Sunday, May 1, 2016

Two Poems Desi Di Nardo
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The Plural of Some Things

It's the copycats
The mimics
Who dream in colour
Of grandiose lexicons and astronomical stardoms
Unlike what we fall asleep to—
The organization and masterminding of planets and agendas
Looking for guarantees rather than reveries
Rummaging for petunias and strawberries
Our fields overflow with anorexic stench
Sometimes the big words trap our breath
Field clouds gusting out with pretense and possibility
It gets us started
The understanding feels like a deep plunge in the lake
Nothing spins out as deliberately and wickedly
As the libido from our fossils
Our stuffy bones
Watch us now
We don't have to take from anyone
To spoil our game
We are made to run with reeds underfoot

Left to Swoon in the Dark

I stabbed myself with a pencil
To see if you would notice
The lead bit protruding
A hapless intrusion
Every scribbled notion
An abstract invention
Of you there in the fields
Plucking the soft purple figs
With quick pinching fingers
You devoured the insides
Like moving bacteria
I was stagnant at the dining room table
As I replayed my dreams
Filling the empty lines
Devoted to pleasing you
But all eyes glued to the baby
Gobbling with his hands
Delightful in the kitchen
I lay slumped in the other room
Bewildered by your return to me
Whispering to my new doll
Observing the muteness
Her sad reflection
Tousling her hair into one vast volcano tip
Happy for the steady drip from her eyes

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Desi Di Nardo

Desi Di Nardo :: Move me   Desi Di Nardo is a poet and author in Toronto whose work has been published in numerous North American and international journals. Her poetry has been performed at the National Arts Centre, featured in Poetry on the Way on Toronto's transit system, selected by the Parliamentary Poet Laureate, and displayed in the Official Residences of Canada. Desi's poems have also been presented in schools across the country, translated into foreign languages, and printed on Starbucks cups. Visit

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