Autumn Prelude

This Autumn Prelude is in imitation of T.S. Eliot’s, Prelude I, which begins,
The winter evening settles down
With the smell of steak in passageways.

Autumn Prelude
Dec. 16, 2011

The late autumn morning rises up
With smells of coffee percolating the house.
Seven-fifteen o’clock.
Crisp air of clear-eyed days
Steam vapors rise off frosted windshields.
Sweeping breezes scuttle leaves, dried flower petals
About your feet.
Windy air rattles the trees
Scatters chimney smoke.
School children with white breaths hike the hill.
Cars ballet through the intersection.
Birds flutter in to the feeder.

Newspaper in hand, then sipping of the coffee.


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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