Rumi Stopped By

Rumi Stopped By

Rumi stopped by yesterday
to drop off seeds
parsley, basil —
my father used to say “basilico”
with a high pitch
on the i of the il and
it sounded out basEELico;

Rumi brought seeds of zucchini,
Italian beans, radiccio —
I already had onion sets
in the ground, and garlic,
etc. etc., and so Rumi said,
“grow these seeds and
when you eat them,
they will change tires for you,
rake the lawn,
help your brain figure taxes,
even write love poems.”

You’ll see, when you get
a love poem
from me in August,
you’ll know the truth,
Rumi never lies.


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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