"Fascinate," "All over again," and "Love Happens"


Heart murmurs fascinate me
the sound of galloping concerns
life usurping its throne to death
eyes like modern metropolis
buzzing swarms of to-do lists
while your soul no longer insists
on connecting dots on starry nights
you don’t use a thimble anymore
to sew broken days to ecstatic nights
you let it all go
and ride the calendar as it comes
the dandruff as it plummets
your heart as it ticks



All over again

let the strobe-lit nightmare get me
demons will flirt all night long
long-sleeved, ‘cuz that’s how I testify
my constant will to escape
I’m cold and so frozen, and so passionate
the heat will defrost
my breath won’t go away
just to hibernate
I reaffirm my transformation
the hot-blooded wish to blow this nation
like the wolf of the three pigs
I get my inspiration
from stars being the sky’s wig
the sensation of a metaphor
being more powerful the more you dig
the more you twist the more you twig
the more you insist,
you are yet to be born theretofore
let alone understanding  
what Sisyphus teaches us



Love Happens

Love happens when I’m cold
when you walk in
defrost me with your breath
score your goal against my mouth
and may it be auroral breakfast
or tangled cuddles to unsnarl
Love happens when I rub my hands
awaiting spring
I’ll touch it gently and relieved
I’ll iron my enthusiasm
in a giant ponytail
of wait: the tremulous touch
of a windy prelude;
your rose are gonna grow
over my chest
don’t hesitate to kiss the ground
what’s made of love knows no rest



Aldo Quagliotti is an Italian poet living in London, UK. He's the author of Japanese Tosa (London Poetry Books) and Confessions Of A Pregnant Man (AllienBuddha Press). His poems have been rewarded in Italy, Brazil, USA, Canada, Ireland and in the United Kingdom. He has been selected for important anthologies such as Paper therapy, Yawp!, The Essential anthology, Murmurations, Poetical Word, Poetry in the Time of Coronavirus. Several webzines and magazines have published his work, such as INNSÆI, U-rights, Credo espoir, Parouisia, Poetica Review and many more. In 2020 and 2021 he was been chosen to represent the Poetry Corner at the London Chelsea + Kesington Art Week. Aldo recommends contributing to Poetry London.


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 22:06