Ben Nardolilli: Gates and Mountains


The 28th Palace


Plastered in a semi-invented tale
    little is recorded
enthralled brothers
starched blouses
    eyes as black
    as mourning

an endless hour
called to eat
years shall pass
    even the lowliest poet

    go home
to a meal
surrounded by sneering
skirts at night
    one slight man
hiding civil authority
    merely lengthens the shadows

on native soil
    that deserted road
 olive trees
one must be careful
on the shallow grave
    a failure
of red earth
    evil and the poet immortal.


Gates and Mountains


A jade flute
it’s the traveler’s thoughts

I stay on the green
a thousand feet

From whose home
feelings tower high

Terror secretly flies
my old friend’s position

The waves startle what reason
I fear to disturb



— by Ben Nardolilli



Copyright ©2012, by Ben Nardolilli. All Rights Reserved.
    Ben Nardolilli currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. His work has
appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, One Ghana One Voice, Caper
Literary Journal, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, THEMA, Pear
Noir, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. His chapbook Common Symptoms
of an Enduring Chill Explained, has been published by Folded Word
Press. He maintains a blog at and is looking
to publish his first novel.


Ben Nardolilli: Gates and Mountains
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