Open to Moonlight

This was sparked by Rosemerry’s blog:;

Last night I could not hold back the full moon’s golden light
from falling on the tomatoes, shining on the grape leaves
filling the petunia trumpets, kissing the basil leaves

Nor could I not hold back the shouts and bubbling
inside of me when Mary told me Carrie safely birthed,
in the golden light of night, our new grandson

Today I cannot hold back my wonderment of how those curled up hands
and legs, water coddled infant said, ‘i’m out of here’ — pushed through
the birth canal — now with open eyes sees and smiles at his smiling mother.

I am too old, too, too, whatever — to hold back anything. Better to open the
eyes and ears and like this infant, wiped of wetness, kicking feet, pulsing fingers,
open heart to all and eager in innocence to love and be loved.


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 Open to Moonlight

  1. Rosemerry says:

    congratulations! on the new life and also on your older one being lived so beautifully

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