More Simplicity

At dawn the carpenters in the clouds
hammered the roof with pelting rain
and from here you can see it’s snowing on
Pikes Peak, and nonetheless, barefooted,
I walked a chilling sidewalk for the newspaper,
then out onto the green cold wet grass.

I needed to feel grounded to Mother.
And the robin, to whom I said,
“Hi, Honey.” cocked her head to me
then pecked at something in the grass.

From the porch I waved to a boy
walking up the alley to school.
I do not know his name.
He waved back, then smiled.

Despite the cold and rain the red finches
are already at the feeder I filled last evening.
I need mornings like this, these blessings.


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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