Gordan

Roberto Nicholas Gornet Palombi

Stunned by a previous car     
the deer lay
on the country road
unmoving.
I was inspecting
the buck for wounds
when suddenly,
his hooves gnawed at the asphalt.
He got to his feet and fled.
I watched in the full moonlight
as the buck surged
through pasture gullies,
mounted the next peninsula of grass,
repeated the rhythm
gully-grass-gully
until he disappeared
into the waiting woods.

Missing departed brother,
I felt you
on this hill crest
sharing the moon’s generous light,
the dear flight.

Then the quiet,
the quiet.
Both of us searching
a wordless night.

 
 
 Roberto Nicholas Gornet Palombi

Roberto Nicholas Gornet Palombi

Roberto Nicholas Gornet Palombi is a retired special education teacher now living full time on his beloved Little Round Lake east of Hayward.  He was born and spent much of his adult life in the Italian community of Rockford, Illinois. He now spends much time on the nearby Lac Courtes Oreilles Reservation taking classes at the LCO College, attending St. Francis Indian Mission, and as contact for one of the Hayward churches to fund needs for elders and children on the reservation.  He also shares his talents in the community as a pianist and photographer.