Seven Yellow Daffodils

The Seven Yellow Daffodils

So beautiful in their loveliness
you have to slide them closer to
the window to pour more light
into their yellow chalices.

Seven yellow daffodils, seven
yellow sacraments of the universe.
The scent of their incense makes the bee
fly free out of the crystallized amber.

And you? There’s enough grace here
to redeem all of your sins. You can dip
your fingers into these founts
of yellow absolution. Your fingertips —
glowing with sacred pollen —
touch this yellow to your eyelids,
thumb a cross on your forehead and
lick this communion off your fingertips.

Does forgiveness really taste this good?
Seven flowers glowing with halos of sunfire,
enough yellow here to anoint the final
sacrament of your life, until the petals fall,
until the petals fall.

(C) 2008 James Ciletti

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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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