Tomatoes Ripen In Darkness

Dear Friend, they say
tomatoes ripen in darkness.

With sunlight streaming into
the kitchen window
long legged tomato seedlings
arch their backs
turn their first two leaves
to the sun’s fire.

I too turn sunward,
open mouthed, I
swallow sunfire light.

These plants green up
leaf out and grow taller.


I too turn sunward,
open mouthed
swallowing sunfire light.

Touch. Taking your hand
I will guide you through
this darkness.


In the morning
you will shine with sunfire light.
Yes, you, illuminating the world.


About Ciletti

Jim Ciletti, an award winning poet, filmmaker, and author, is the 2010-2012, Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak region, and for 41 years, poet-in-residence for the Orme School Fine Arts Festival. Jim gives many workshops on the writing and performance of poetry, and makes poetry house calls to create personal poetry events. Ciletti loves everything Italian, including cooking for family and friends, and loves to plant garlic, make homemade wine, and eating peaches and plums. "Everyday is Christmas, but you don't always get everything you ask for. Sometimes more. Poetry celebrates life."
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One Response to Tomatoes Ripen In Darkness

  1. ryezome says:

    title: A plus!

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